Amman, 19 February 2018
I am deeply alarmed by the extreme escalation in hostilities in East Ghouta of today which has resulted in the deaths of over 40 civilians and more than 150 injuries in the besieged enclave, some areas which have been besieged since 2013.
Since 15 February, clashes have been reported in several locations including: Harasta, Alzreqiyyah and Hazrama, Irbin, Duma, Madyara, Mesraba, Al-Shefouniyyah, Al-Rehan, Kafr Batna, Saqba, Shibonieh and Nashabiyah resulting in a number of civilian deaths and injuries.
Damascus, 16 February 2018 - On 14 February, after 78 days without any access to East Ghouta, an inter-agency convoy of the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered life-saving food, nutrition and health assistance to 7,200 people in Nashabieh. Whilst this development is welcome, it is absolutely insufficient. The people reached represent 2.6 per cent of the 272,500 people in need in East Ghouta. Much needed water and sanitation, education materials and non-food items, such as kitchen sets, blankets and plastic sheets, were not allowed to be loaded in the convoy.
Since our statement of 6 February, when the UN representatives in Syria called for a one-month cessation of hostilities, the situation has worsened, as clearly and strongly stated by the statements of the UN Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, released recently. The escalation is taking its cruelest toll on civilians, everywhere in Syria.
Damascus, 6 February 2018
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and the UN Representatives in Syria call, in this extreme situation, for an immediate cessation of hostilities lasting for at least one month throughout Syria to enable the delivery of humanitarian aid and services, evacuation of the critically sick and wounded, and alleviation of people’s suffering, to the extent possible, wherever they are.
The United Nations humanitarian team in Syria warns of the dire consequences of the compounded humanitarian crisis in several parts of the country.
New York, 30 January 2018
Thank you, Mr. President.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide an update on the humanitarian situation in Syria.
Years of conflict have caused immeasurable human suffering and left countless civilians dead, injured or missing. The United Nations estimates that 13.1 million people are in need of protection and humanitarian assistance, including 6.1 million people who are displaced within the country. Another 5.5 million people have fled the conflict across borders into neighbouring countries.
I am appalled by the ongoing attacks on hospitals and other medical facilities in northwestern Syria, depriving hundreds of thousands of people of their basic right to health.
On the morning of 29 January, the Owdai Hospital in Saraqab City in Idleb Governorate was damaged by two airstrikes, which destroyed part of the hospital building and rendered the hospital inoperable. The 18-bed hospital, supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is the only public hospital in Sarqab District in eastern Idleb serving a population of 50,000.
Damascus, 17 January 2018
The escalating violence caused by fighting has had a devastating impact on all civilians throughout Syria. Whether in Idleb, east Ghouta in Rural Damascus, Hama, Damascus, Aleppo, Hassakeh, Deir EzZour, Raqqah or Daraa, the recent violence has resulted in the deaths and injuries of hundreds of civilians, including women and children.
Almost seven years into the Syria conflict, I have this week seen first-hand the colossal toll that the brutal and sustained hostilities have taken.
Estimates suggest that hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, countless more are missing or detained, and five million have fled to other countries. Gross Domestic Product is less than half what it was before the war, and replacing destroyed infrastructure and housing will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Almost 70 per cent of people now live in extreme poverty.
Thank you, Mr. President,
Let me begin by welcoming the action you have taken today to adopt Security Council resolution 2393. I note your request to the Secretary-General to conduct an independent review, and for us to work even harder on monitoring, reporting and data gathering. We will of course do all that.
Cross-border deliveries will remain an essential part of our efforts to meet the needs of all those across Syria who require humanitarian assistance.
Amman, 25 November 2017 The United Nations is calling for greater action to address gender-based violence and its prevention in Syria.
“Gender-based violence continues to undermine the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims in Syria,” Panos Moumtzis, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (RHC) for the Syria Crisis,” said in marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Saturday. “It’s imperative we do more.”
Amman, 30 October 2017
This is my second briefing to you on the humanitarian situation in Syria. In Amman today I have discussed the position with the Jordanian authorities and the UN humanitarian leadership team based in the region. One conclusion is obvious: the impact of the Syria crisis continues to be profound. My briefing today focuses on the humanitarian issues inside Syria. High Commissioner Grandi will speak to you on the refugee situation on Thursday.
Amman, 5 October 2017
I am appalled by reports of high numbers of civilian casualties due to heavy air attacks in Syria. Hospitals, ambulances, schools and displaced people escaping violence have been targeted by direct air strikes resulting in deaths and injuries of innocent civilians. September was the deadliest month of 2017 for civilians with daily reports of attacks on residential areas resulting in hundreds of conflict-related deaths and injuries.
On 23 September, a 42-truck inter-agency convoy delivered food, health, nutrition, education items and children's clothes for 25,000 people in the besieged towns of East Harasta, Misraba and Modira in eastern Ghouta, Rural Damascus. It has been over three months since aid agencies were able to access Eastern Ghouta
New York, 27 September 2017
Thank you, Mr. President.
It is an honour to speak to you this afternoon, for the first time since taking up my role as Emergency Relief Coordinator.
UN Headquarters, New York, New York, September 21 2017
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, thank you.
When we met in Brussels in April, we heard strong statements of humanitarian commitment. Some $6 billion pledged by over 40 governments for this year, with a further $3.7 billion pledged for 2018.
The UN is calling on all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians from the effects of violence in eastern Deir-ez-Zor, following increased reports of civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes in recent days.
“The UN is deeply concerned for the safety and protection of civilians - men, women and children - who are victims of continued fighting, airstrikes and military operations in Deir-ezZor,” said Ramesh Rajasingham, the acting interim Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria.
United Nations supplies arrived in Deir-ez-Zor city yesterday where 93,500 people are in urgent need of assistance. After being besieged by ISIL for three years, the civilian population faced deteriorating conditions while being deprived of their rights to humanitarian aid and freedom of movement.