ANKARA, March 9 U.N. humanitarian chief
Valerie Amos arrived in Turkey after her trip to Syria on Friday
to visit camps set up for thousands of Syrians who have fled the
conflict across the border, a U.N. official in Ankara told
Syrian refugees have crossed to Turkey in growing numbers in
recent days, frightened by a government assault to drive rebels
from the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs, officials said.
On her trip to Syria, Amos said she was "devastated" by the
destruction she had seen in Baba Amr, and wanted to know what
happened to its residents, who endured a 26-day military siege
before rebels withdrew a week ago.
A Turkish foreign ministry official said Amos would meet
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at 1100 GMT in Ankara. The U.N.
official said she was expected to make a statement at Ankara
airport at 1200 GMT.
Amos was then set to make a brief visit to Istanbul, the
foreign ministry said.
Some 12,000 Syrians are registered at the camps set up to
provide refuge for them in Turkey's southern province of Hatay,
after the arrival of around 800 during the past week, according
to a foreign ministry official.
During the past year Turkey has turned against former friend
President Bashar al-Assad over his brutal crackdown, and fears
that there could be massacres in Syrian towns and cities that
are centres of opposition to his rule.
The United Nations is readying food stocks for 1.5 million
people in Syria as part of a 90-day emergency plan to help
civilians deprived of basic supplies after nearly a year of
It has drawn up a 90-day aid plan of $105 million likely to
translate into a funding appeal to donors, diplomats and U.N.
The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) has said it distributed
some food supplies in Syria through local aid agencies, but it
had not reached people in the areas worst hit by the violence.
The U.N. estimates more than 7,500 civilians have died
during Assad's crackdown on the uprising.
Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria,
said on Thursday he would urge President Assad and his foes to
stop fighting and seek a political solution.
(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing
by Karolina Tagaris)