Damascus, 11 November 2018
During the period from 3 to 8 November, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent conducted a life-saving assistance mission for 50,000 people in Rukban, in the Tanf border area of Syria and Jordan. The six-day mission delivered food, medical supplies and household material; assessed the humanitarian needs; monitored part of the distribution of the humanitarian supplies and vaccinated over 5,000 children.
DAMASCUS, 3 November 2018 - The United Nations and Syrian Arabic Red Crescent (SARC) are delivering humanitarian assistance to 50,000 people in need at Rukban camp in south-east Syria near the Jordanian border. The inter-agency aid operation, which has started today, is expected to take three to four days.
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari clarifies that “the decision to postpone the Rukban humanitarian convoy, which was planned for 27 October 2018, is based on available information of real security threat against the convoy.”
Al-Za’tari confirms “discussion is ongoing to identify means to deliver the humanitarian assistance, while ensuring the safety of the humanitarian workers.”
The United Nations in Damascus confirms “preparations are actively ongoing for a joint UN/ Syrian Red Arab Crescent (SARC) convoy next week to provide humanitarian assistance to an estimated 50,000 women, children and men who are stranded at the Rukban camp in southeast Syria near the Iraqi and Jordanian border.”
The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari welcomes the opportunity presented by the Russian-Turkish agreement on Idlib which will “allow for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for the saving of civilian lives”.
“The United Nations in Syria is ready to provide much needed humanitarian assistance in Idlib and all surrounding areas,” said Al-Za’tari.
Al-Za’tari recalls that the UN in Syria is guided by the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence.
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Damascus, 25 July 2018 - The United Nations in Syria condemns the attacks on civilians in different parts of the country, including the terrorist bombing in Sweida city today that resulted in scores of civilian deaths and injuries.
The United Nations reiterates its call for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure and sparing them the brunt of violence and conflict wherever they are.
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Syrian Arab Republic, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari welcomes the Syrian Government’s request from the United Nations in Syria to provide humanitarian assistance to thousands of civilian families in the affected rural areas of southern Syria.
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.
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.
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.”
The United Nations is calling for greater assistance to meet the growing needs of millions of men, women and children inside Syria this year.
The United Nations is deeply concerned over the fate of an estimated 5,000 civilians trapped by fighting in and around the town of Al Bab in northern Syria.
“We urgently call on all parties to the conflict to immediately ensure the unhindered movement and safe passage for people trying to reach safety. The UN and partners are ready to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to the civilians who are caught in the middle of this combat,” said Ali Al-Za’tari, the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria.
The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria condemns the heinous attack on a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) distribution center in the Hamadaniyah neighborhood of Aleppo city yesterday which resulted in the death of two SARC workers and injury of four SARC volunteers, two of whom remain in critical condition. In addition, two women who had come to the center to receive humanitarian assistance were killed and many others were injured. This is the second attack on SARC this month following the 1 February attack on the building where the SARC branch in Idleb is based.
The UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria Ali Al-Za’tari approved US$19 million from the Syria Humanitarian Fund to sustain immediate life-saving and early recovery assistance for tens of thousands of people in Aleppo.
The United Nations is extremely saddened and appalled by the recent escalation in fighting in several parts of Syria and calls on all parties to cease indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructures. In recent days the attacks included hospitals in east Aleppo and the university in west Aleppo. Likewise, in the past 24 hours, mortar shells targeted residential neighborhoods of Damascus, while counter-shelling of several suburbs of the city continued.Syrian civilians on all sides of the divide are at the receiving end of the escalating violence.
The United Nations in Syria expresses its deep sorrow and mourning for the loss of life of humanitarian colleagues, struck by attacks last night while delivering life-saving assistance to civilians in need in Big Orem in rural Aleppo. UN humanitarian agencies share outrage at this attack on humanitarian workers, which also destroyed food, nutrition, health and other supplies urgently needed by thousands of civilians, as well as a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) warehouse and health clinic. The impact on a population in need now deprived of assistance cannot be overstated.