UN's Amos in Turkey to visit Syrian refugee camps

March 9, 2012 10:21


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ANKARA, March 9 (Reuters) - UN 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 UN official in Ankara told Reuters.

Syrian refugees have crossed to Turkey in growing numbers in recent days, frightened by a government assault to drive rebels from the Baba Amr neighborhood 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 UN 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.

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