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02 Jun 2018 description
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Gaziantep, 2 June 2018

I am deeply concerned by the reported number of civilian casualties as a result of increasing indiscriminate attacks by armed opposition groups in Idleb and Hama governorates in recent weeks.

At least 24 civilians were killed and scores more were injured in six separate indiscriminate attacks in Idleb Governorate in May.

27 Apr 2018 description

Key Concerns:

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IS SEVERELY RESTRICTED. IDPs are still not permitted to move to Aleppo city or to return to Afrin district, despite earlier indications from the authorities that IDPs with property or family ties might be able to move towards the city

POSSIBLE HLP ISSUES: As most IDPs only have verbal approval from the authorities to shelter in the abandoned houses, potential housing, land and property-related issues might occur in the future.

25 Apr 2018 description
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(Brussels, 25 April 2018): The international community gathered at the second Brussels conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region today confirmed US$4.4 billion in funding to support life-saving humanitarian aid as well as resilience and development activities to millions of affected people in Syria and the region this year.

25 Apr 2018 description

Brussels, 25 April 2018

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Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, High Representative Federica [Mogherini], Staffan [de Mistura],

Thank you for gathering here today.

We have again had a chance over the last couple of days to hear from a number of Syrians themselves here in Brussels.

What ordinary Syrians want is for people to stop dropping bombs on them, to stop shelling them and to stop shooting at them. For countless Syrian children, these atrocities are the only things they have known in life. That has to stop.

24 Apr 2018 description
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(Brussels, 24 April 2018) – As the ‘Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region’ opens, UN Chiefs are calling urgently for increased support for vulnerable Syrians, refugees and the communities hosting them.

With the appalling conflict in Syria now into its eighth year, 13.1 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection inside the country. A further 5.6 million are refugees in neighbouring countries, while 3.9 million vulnerable members of host communities also need resilience support.

24 Apr 2018 description
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Damascus 24 April 2018 –The Syria Humanitarian Fund allocated US $16.3 million to 21 projects to respond to people displaced from East Ghouta and Afrin. This allocation will finance food and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, health, shelter and core relief items in addition to providing protection services to people in need.

23 Apr 2018 description

WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

WHAT: The Second Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region’

WHEN: 24-25 April 2018

WHERE: Brussels, Belgium

22 Apr 2018 description

Key Concerns:

ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: The UN faces severe access constraints to East Ghouta.

  • Since 15 March, the UN has not been able to reach Duma with life-saving assistance.

  • Since 3 April, the UN has not been given permission to carry out an inter-agency needs assessment mission to Saqba, Kafr Batna and Hammouriya in east Ghouta.

18 Apr 2018 description

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FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IS SEVERELY RESTRICTED: IDPs are currently not permitted to move to Aleppo city or to return to Afrin district. Some 2,000 IDPs were stuck for nine days at the crossing point between Burj Elqas and Kimar when trying to return to Afrin district.

LACK OF ACCESS: The UN currently do not have access to Afrin district, and whilst some local partners are present in the district, they sometimes face movement restrictions at checkpoints.

17 Apr 2018 description

New York, 17 April 2018

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Mr. President,

Since the passage of resolution 2401, the Secretary-General has on many occasions called for its full implementation.

However, rather than implement the resolution of this Council, we have seen parties to the conflict sustain intense military activity at an enormous human cost.

17 Apr 2018 description
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Gaziantep, 17 April 2018

I am deeply disturbed over Saturday’s reported fighting between non-state armed groups outside the Al Ma’ra National Hospital in Ma’arrat An Nu’man town in Idleb Governorate, resulting in the suspension of that facility’s services and placing hospital staff and patients at risk.

10 Apr 2018 description
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I am deeply concerned about the continuing massive displacement of close to 700,000 Syrians since the beginning of the year due to ongoing hostilities in the country. The latest displacement comes on top of already 6.5 million internally displaced Syrians and over 5.6 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. Over half of the Syrian population has now been displaced and are in need of humanitarian and protection assistance.

04 Apr 2018 description
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Today we mark the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. In doing so, we observe not only the work of the mine action sector, but draw attention to the grievous threat posed by landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other explosive remnants of war.

20 Mar 2018 description

On 15 March seven years ago, conflict broke out in Syria. Since then, while people around the world have graduated from school, married and found new jobs – in other words, lived their lives – too many children, women and men in Syria have known little but conflict, fear and deprivation.

13.1 million The number of people who need humanitarian assistance due to the conflict. This includes 6.1 million people who have been internally displaced, and 5.5 million people living as refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Some 5.3 million of those in need of aid are children.

19 Mar 2018 description

Damascus, 19 March 2018

The UN in Syria is urgently appealing for help to stem the catastrophic situation for tens of thousands of people from East Ghouta and Afrin. Having seen firsthand the desperate conditions of people from east Ghouta and Afrin, who are tired, hungry, traumatized and afraid, we need to provide them with urgent aid.
These civilians are facing harrowing humanitarian conditions. Many remain trapped by conflict inside East Ghouta and Afrin. All are in desperate need.

18 Mar 2018 description
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RECENT ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE (Since 20 January 2018)

  • 98,000 PEOPLE FROM AFRIN DISTRICT REGISTERED AS DISPLACED OUTSIDE AFRIN

  • 75,000IN TAL REFAAT

  • 15,500 IN NABUL

  • 8,500 IN ZAHRAA

  • FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IS LIMITED WITH DISPLACED PEOPLE REPORTEDLY NOT ALLOWED TO MOVE ON TO ALEPPO CITY

  • PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS FROM 310 SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN DEPRIVED OF THEIR EDUCATION SINCE 30 JANUARY DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES