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Syrian family tries to keep warm in an  informal settlement in Al-Khalidia Al-Khamisa UNICEF Syrian family tries to keep warm in an informal settlement in Al-Khalidia Al-Khamisa

Millions in desperation to flee from calamitous conditions

January 09, 2018

Staff Reporter

Syria: The United Nations (UN) has warned that intensified military operations in the northern parts of Syria will leave millions of people facing their “seventh winter of war” as they being forced to flee extremely cold areas seeking refuge.

As the country is war-torn, more than 13 million people in Syria have been in need of basic aid and protection. With military operation intensifying the people have been forced to move to areas without enough resources to aid them.

To see first-hand the impact of the conflict, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock is expected to visit Syria from January 9 to 12, 2018. The UN aid chief will as well meet with other Government representatives to access the humanitarian responses and discuss how to improve access and delivery with key stakeholders.

UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said while some parts of Syria are witnessing a welcome pardon from hostilities, many others face intensified military operations and conflict which leaves the UN concerned.

“The UN is deeply concerned for the safety and protection of tens of thousands of people in southern Idleb and rural Hama in north eastern Syria, where ongoing hostilities have reportedly caused hundreds of deaths and injuries of civilians,” said Dujarric.

According to the UN since December 01, 2017, fighting has displaced tens of thousands of citizens who were already in calamitous conditions.

Dujarric added: “With the onset of winter, safe shelter is among the biggest concerns, as many families are fleeing into areas that are already at full capacity or into communities with depleted resources.”

He also alerted that the UN is at large concerned about by the increasing warfare in East Ghouta that continues to put citizens in danger, resulting in deaths, injuries and damaging infrastructure.

“We received alarming reports that the only emergency medical centre in Modira in besieged area of East Ghouta was damaged by an airstrike, rendering it inoperable,” he said.

Last modified onTuesday, 09 January 2018 15:16