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The United Nations renews its concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation for 13.4 million people in Syria


United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric renewed his concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria, especially with the cross-border crossings crisis.

 

The spokesperson said the UN remains "extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation for 13.4 million people in need" across Syria.

 

The UN official explained - according to the United Nations Information Center - that some of the most vulnerable Syrians are those in the northwest of the country, "where there are now three million and 400,000 people in need." He said: "More than 90 percent of these were assessed by The UN says they are in dire or catastrophic need, especially 2.7 million internally displaced men, women and children.

 

Dujarric added that most of the displaced live in more than 1,000 camps in informal settlements on the border. He stressed that the only access to the United Nations for these millions of people is through a cross-border operation authorized by the UN Security Council.

 

"The Bab al-Hawa crossing is the last entry point for the United Nations to the transportation system to northwest Syria," the UN spokesman said, explaining that the assistance sent by the UN team across the border into northwest Syria reaches 2,500,000 Syrians per month.

 

The UN spokesperson pointed out that despite the continuous efforts to deliver a small number of trucks through the lines from Damascus, "there is no alternative to providing aid of this size and scope," stressing in this regard what Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said recently, which is that " A large-scale cross-border operation for an additional 12 months remains necessary to save lives."

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