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UN expresses grave concern over safety of 4 mln people in NW Syria
update:November 13,2019
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 13, 2019 -- The United Nations on Tuesday expressed grave concern over the safety and protection of some 4 million people in northwest Syria.
"UN humanitarian workers remain gravely concerned over the safety and protection of some four million people in northwest Syria, including some two million internally displaced people, following a recent intensification of airstrikes and shelling in the area," Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at the daily news briefing.
"Thirteen communities have been impacted by shelling and five by airstrikes," he said.
Since the end of April, over 400,000 women, children and men have been displaced by the violence in northwest Syria, many of them multiple times, and over 1,000 have lost their lives, many of them children, said the spokesman.
"Of the 2.7 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance in the area, 76 percent are women and children," he said, adding that the UN continues to respond to needs throughout the northwest.
Some 1.1 million people were reached with food aid last month, as deliveries have been scaled up to "meet the high levels of need," said Haq. "At the same time, efforts to deliver critical winter items are ongoing, particularly for those in displacement camps and informal settlements."
"The UN reminds all parties of their obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including facilitating access to those in need in a regular, sustained and impartial manner, in line with international humanitarian and human rights law," he said.
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