Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN

UNICEF/Grove Hermansen A young child walks through the streets in Aleppo, Syria. (April 2019)

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


The UN has said it is “gravely concerned” over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and “waves of displacement” due to intensifying conflict.

Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, said that over the past 48 hours, “at least seven people have reportedly been killed in south rural Idlib, while two were reportedly killed in Hama governorate yesterday.”

Dozens of people were also reportedly injured in Idlib, Hama and Aleppo governorates due to fighting, which news agency reports said had intensified due to Government and Russian airstrikes and shelling on Wednesday night, quoting local sources.

Villages were reportedly hit which lie within a demilitarized buffer zone, agreed by Russia and Turkey on the border between northern Hama and southern Idlib last September, which has been credited with averting a major offensive against what is the last main rebel-held area of the country.

Mr. Dujarric said that more than 300 civilians had “apparently lost their lives due to hostilities in the northwest in the last three months, 60 of them in April alone.”

The new wave of fighting has triggered large-scale displacement from the Idleb border area, and there are also reports of villages being deserted, after resident fled for their own safety, the UN Spokesperson added.

Around 323,000 people are estimated to have been displaced in the northwest since September of last year. “The United Nations reminds all parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure and calls on all parties to the conflict to exercise restraint,” said Mr. Dujarric.

On Friday, talks are due to held in Geneva among members of the so-called Small Group on Syria working towards a longterm peace deal, involving the UN Special Envoy to the country, Geir Pedersen, who briefed the Security Council earlier this week, warning about the escalation of fighting in the northwest.

“External intervention poses real threats to international peace and security”, he told the Council. “Five international armies operate across Syria’s land and airspace, in tension or even in conflict, generating risks for dangerous escalation. These risks must be contained and ultimately removed.”

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Is sub-Saharan Africa ready for the electric vehicle revolution?

How the finance industry can save the world

China by numbers: 10 facts to help you understand the superpower today

How technology is leading us to new climate change solutions

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing how we grow, buy and choose what we eat

Why the foundations of the modern world are costing the earth

What do toilets have to do with climate change?

Why private investment in deforestation-free commodity production needs to be scaled up

African economies sustain progress in domestic resource mobilisation

Transparency and tech together can safeguard taxpayers’ money

UN honours fallen colleagues and friends who ‘risk all to promote peace’

Youth Forum welcomes positive ruling on non-EU student visas

A Sting Exclusive: “Cybersecurity: Why consumer products must be looked at urgently”, by BEUC’s Deputy Director General

MEPs adopted measures to reconcile work and family life

Confronting neo-mercantilism: why regulation is critical to global trade

The EU Diplomacy in North Korea promotes peace or war?

Top UN court rules it has jurisdiction to hear Iranian claim against US over frozen assets

What do refugees really need from those who want to help? A refugee explains

Ukraine takes EU money and runs to sign with Russia

Sahel States need international support ‘now more than ever’– UN peacekeeping chief

Italy’s rescue operation Mare Nostrum shuts down with no real replacement. EU’s Triton instead might put lives at risk

Varna (Bulgaria) awarded European Youth Capital 2017

EU Elections: new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections

UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by US border detention conditions, says holding migrant children may violate international law

TTIP wins first crucial EU test: MEPs give in to the trade agreement

Meet Alice, the battery-powered plane that could herald the age of electric air travel

Ditching plastic straws isn’t enough. Here’s how to achieve zero waste.

Citing public anger and youth activism, OECD Secretary-General urges governments to heed calls for climate action

Somalia: worst harvest since 2011, with more than 2 million expected to go hungry

Mergers: Commission approves the merger of Mylan and Pfizer’s Upjohn division, subject to conditions

Obama, Crimea and the TTIP pill

A Sting Exclusive: “The Chinese economy is steady and moving in the right direction”, Ambassador Yang of the Chinese Mission to EU underscores from Brussels

Negotiated two-State solution still ‘the only option’ for Palestine: Guterres

EU Budget 2020 conciliation talks suspended

A day in the life of a refugee: We should be someone who helps

Here’s what you need to know about the UK’s booming second-hand economy

AI will drive the societies of the future. Will the governed consent?

Freshwater is saltier – and it’s bad for the planet and our health

As rural communities age, their public transport is shrinking. It’s time to fix this

On their epic journeys, migratory birds connect nations and inspire people, UN says on World Day

MWC 2016 LIVE: Intel focuses on 5G “beyond the Powerpoint”

We can feed the world in a sustainable way, but we need to act now

5 ways to fast-track the transition to a carbon neutral world

The Great Reset needs great leaders to help the most vulnerable

European Business Summit 2014 Launch Event: “Energising Industrial Growth”

Invisibility outside the closet: health as a right for all

Medical Education is #NotATarget

‘Highly explosive’ escalation of conflict and displacement across Syria’s Idlib, says top UN official

Welfare of transported animals: MEPs urge EU states to do a better job

Who threatens the lives and livelihoods of Ukrainians?

Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April

Chart of the day: This is how many animals we eat each year

Here’s how to achieve an optimal student/tutor ratio

Deeper reforms in Korea will ensure more inclusive and sustainable growth

Quicker freezing and confiscation of criminal assets in the EU

Will the EU ever tackle the migration crisis despite the lack of political will?

Governments adopt UN global migration pact to help ‘prevent suffering and chaos’

Libya detention centre airstrike could amount to a war crime says UN, as Guterres calls for independent investigation

Across the world, women outlive men. This is why

An alternative view of Globalization 4.0, and how to get there

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s