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Implementation of Security Council resolutions 2139 (2014), 2165 (2014), 2191 (2014), 2258 (2015) and 2332 (2016) - Report of the Secretary-General (S/2017/623) [EN/AR]


I. Introduction

1. The present report is the forty-first submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of resolution 2191 (2014), paragraph 5 of resolution 2258 (2015) and paragraph 5 of resolution 2332 (2016), in which the Council requested the Secretary-General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

2. The information contained herein is based on the data available to United Nations agencies, from the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and from other Syrian and open sources. Data from United Nations agencies on their humanitarian deliveries have been reported for the period from 1 to 30 June 2017.

Box 1
Key points in June 2017

(1) The memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic, signed by Iran (Islamic Republic of), the Russian Federation and Turkey on 4 May, continued to show a positive trend of reducing violence; however, hostilities have continued to be reported, especially in Dar‘a and eastern Ghutah, and in areas held by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

(2) Only three inter-agency cross-line convoys were dispatched in June. Of these, only one, a convoy to east Harasta, Misraba and Mudayra on 19 June, reached a besieged area. As at the end of June, the United Nations had reached some 202,500 people under the convoy plan for June and July, which constitutes only 18 per cent of the 1,081,900 beneficiaries requested to be reached.

(3) Since the offensive began in the city of Raqqah on 6 June, heavy clashes, shelling and air strikes have resulted in significant civilian casualties and injuries as tens of thousands of people fled. The number of people displaced across the north-east of the country by the offensive continued to grow, with 19,889 people displaced during June.

(4) As a result of recently signed local agreements, both Madaya in Rif Dimashq Governorate and the Wa‘r neighbourhood of the city of Homs were removed from the list of besieged locations in June. Consequently, there are now 11 besieged locations, with 540,000 people in total remaining besieged. Although fewer areas are now besieged, the change is not wholly positive, as sieges are often lifted following periods of severe restrictions and heavy bombardment, and those leaving besieged areas often move to other areas of the country where they continue to face hardship.

(5) On 17 June, an inter-agency convoy to east Harasta, Misraba and Mudayra in Rif Dimashq Governorate came under sniper fire, leaving a driver injured, even though all deconfliction measures were in place.