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27 Jul 2017 description

New York, 27 July 2017

As delivered by Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller

Mr President and distinguished representatives,

16 Jul 2017 description

Three years after the adoption of a Security Council resolution on relief delivery across border lines in Syria, cross-border operations continue to play a pivotal role in the delivery of life-saving assistance to millions of Syrians.

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17 Jun 2017 description
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The UN in Syria strongly condemns an attack on a joint UN/SARC/ICRC convoy of 36 trucks which attempted to deliver humanitarian assistance to people in need in East Harasta today. Two Syrian Arab Red Crescent drivers were injured by shooting that occurred as the convoy was exiting the area on its way to Damascus, and are currently receiving medical treatment. The UN in Syria wishes them a speedy recovery and stands in full solidarity with SARC.

16 Apr 2017 description
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I am horrified by reports that scores of people including civilians have been killed by an explosion near their convoy during an evacuation from the besieged towns of Foah and Kefraya.

My deepest sympathies go out to the families of those killed and those injured.

The perpetrators of such a monstrous and cowardly attack displayed a shameless disregard for human life. International humanitarian law is very clear: warring parties must protect civilians and distinguish between military and civilian targets.

05 Apr 2017 description
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(Brussels, 5 April 2017) The high-level Supporting the future of Syria and the region conference in Brussels concluded today with a clear international commitment to continue to respond to the Syria crisis by supporting humanitarian relief, protection and resilience-building for people in need, and also help the neighbouring countries to shoulder the heavy burden from the spill-over effects of the crisis.

05 Apr 2017 description

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR STEPHEN O’BRIEN

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I know it pains us all to observe that the conflict in Syria has entered its seventh wretched tragic year, as the world - much of it represented in this room - has witnessed one of the largest man-made humanitarian and protection crises unfold over the battle-smashed communities and infrastructure of a once thriving lower middle income country.

04 Apr 2017 description

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for this opportunity to speak about the humanitarian needs, challenges and way forward in the Syria response. I look forward to an interactive discussion on what more we can all do to keep saving lives, protecting civilians and supporting their resilience in what remains undoubtedly one of the largest humanitarian and protection crises in the world.

27 Mar 2017 description
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Amman, 25 March 2017

The United Nations marked the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members with a renewed call for the immediate release or information of over two dozen staff still being held in detention or missing in Syria.

15 Mar 2017 description

The conflict in Syria has entered its seventh grim year. Since March 2011, its people have watched huge parts of their beloved country reduced to rubble.

The toll taken on civilians is inexcusable. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. Almost five million people – the majority of them women and children – have fled the grotesque violence and deprivation and are now living as refugees. Too many who set out on perilous journeys to escape the war perished on the way.

08 Mar 2017 description
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Amman, 8 March 2017 UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis Kevin Kennedy is calling for greater efforts to address the needs of more than 7 million women and girls in Syria impacted by the conflict.

21 Feb 2017 description
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The United Nations is deeply concerned over the fate of an estimated 5,000 civilians trapped by fighting in and around the town of Al Bab in northern Syria.

“We urgently call on all parties to the conflict to immediately ensure the unhindered movement and safe passage for people trying to reach safety. The UN and partners are ready to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to the civilians who are caught in the middle of this combat,” said Ali Al-Za’tari, the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria.

13 Feb 2017 description
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The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria is appealing to all parties to reach an agreement for immediate access to the besieged Four Towns of Al-Zabadani, Al-Fu’ah, Kafraya and Madaya. Sixty thousand innocent people are trapped there in a cycle of daily violence and deprivation, where malnutrition and lack of proper medical care prevail. The last humanitarian convoy provided by the UN and partners reached them on 28 November 2016.