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05 Oct 2017 description
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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.

28 Sep 2017 description

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

27 Sep 2017 description

New York, 27 September 2017

As delivered

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.

22 Sep 2017 description

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.

17 Sep 2017 description
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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.

15 Sep 2017 description

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.

15 Sep 2017 description
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Damascus, 15 September 2017

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.

30 Aug 2017 description

As delivered

Thank you, Mr President, and Eid Mubark to you all, distinguished representatives of the Security Council.

I also thank Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura for his determination and skill in seeking to find a way forward, above all, for the Syrian people, who have suffered for so long.

22 Aug 2017 description
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Damascus and Amman, 22 August 2017

Ali Al-Za'tari, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, and Ramesh Rajasingham, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria a.i, express their deep concern over the significant number of civilians reportedly killed in the last few days due to the use of explosive ordnances, including through Coalition airstrikes, against targets of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in densely populated neighborhoods of Ar-Raqqa city.

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.