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UN: More than 11 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance – aid chief

1 15.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Security Council, New York City
C/U Russian delegate
SOT, Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator: "As the conflict in Syria evolves, one fact remains. It is the people of Syria who continue to bear the consequences of eight-and-a-half years of war. Across the country, more than 11 million remain in need of humanitarian assistance. That’s more than half the estimated population."
W/S Security Council *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator: "So far this year, we have reached an average of 5.6 million people a month in all parts of Syria. We try to prioritise the neediest. Over half of the response is in areas under government control. It takes place with their agreement and acceptance, and in coordination with them."
M/S Security Council *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator: "In recent weeks there has been an increase in airstrikes and ground-based strikes, mostly in parts of southern and Western Idlib, that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reports has caused a high number of civilian casualties. In the last two days there have been reports of over one hundred airstrikes in Idlib and surrounding areas. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that four separate health facilities were damaged on 4 and 6 November."
W/S Security Council *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator: "Hostilities have decreased since the agreements reached on 17 and 22 October, but clashes continue in border areas, particularly around Ras al-Ain and Tell Abiad districts. OHCHR has verified reports that 49 civilians have been killed by a combination of airstrikes, ground-based strikes, sniper fire, and executions carried out by armed groups. OHCHR also verified that 31 civilians were killed by IEDs or explosive remnants of war since the beginning of October."
W/S Security Council *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations (Arabic): "Unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people must be lifted. They are an act of economic terrorism. They are a collective punishment against the Syrian people. They pretend that it is for the Syrian people that they have imposed these measures. What a humane act that deprives Syrians of milk, food, medicine, health care requirements, even wheelchairs for the disabled. These are all things that Mr. Lowcock does not see.”
W/S Meeting ending
M/S United Nations headquarters
SCRIPT
More than half of Syria’s estimated population are in dire need of humanitarian aid, according to Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Mark Lowcock speaking at a Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York City on Thursday.
"More than 11 million remain in need of humanitarian assistance. That’s more than half the estimated population," said the UN aid chief.
Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari on his part demanded the lift of sanctions on Syria calling the measures "economic terrorism".
"What a humane act that deprives Syrians of milk, food, medicine, health care requirements, even wheelchairs for the disabled. These are all things that Mr. Lowcock does not see," said Jaafari.
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV