Urgent aid needed in Idlib, Syria – UN

The United Nations appealed for urgent aid to assist millions of displaced people in northwest Syria. Millions of civilians are trapped in the northwest region of the country. Speaking from Hatay, along the Turkish side of the border with Syria, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, said on Tuesday, 3 March 2020 that displaced civilians were “struggling to survive in horrific conditions”. “Despite extraordinary efforts by humanitarian organizations, aid is not reaching everyone who needs it”, the UN relief chief stated. “What civilians need is a ceasefire. What civilians need is for international humanitarian law to be respected”, he added. An estimated 2.8 million people in northwest Syria need humanitarian assistance. Mr. Lowcock explained that $500 million would help 1.1 million of the most vulnerable. He noted that the United States had just pledged $108 million and that an additional $300 million has been received or pledged by donors. “We are determined to stand by the people of Syria”, concluded the Emergency Relief Coordinator.

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