Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General (17 October 2017) - Syria
Turning to Syria, we are aware of reports that the Syrian Democratic Forces have taken full control of Raqqa city, with the last remaining civilians evacuated over the past few days. The UN is however not able to verify first hand the situation in the city due to lack of access, but we have received reports that much of the city has been damaged or destroyed due to the fighting. We are closely monitoring the situation and stand ready to deliver life‑saving assistance to those in need as soon as access is granted and security conditions permit.
The overall humanitarian and protection situation for civilians, including those who were displaced, remains of high concern in Raqqa Governorate and, more broadly, across north‑eastern Syria.
Already, the UN and its partners have reached 330,000 men, women and children in need across the area each month, including 56,000 people in 48 temporary shelters and camps in Raqqa, Al‑Hasakah, Aleppo and Deir Ez‑Zor Governorates.