Families displaced by the violence in Idleb, Syria, January 2020. Credit: OCHA/HFO Project Syria
The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, briefed the UN Security Council this morning on the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Mr. Lowcock restated his concerns about the spread of COVID-19 beyond the currently confirmed 13,500 cases, particularly in the densely populated areas and crowded displacement camps, settlements and collective shelters in the north-west and north-east of Syria.
The UN humanitarian chief said that an alarming degree of violence and insecurity has continued in the Idleb, Afrin and Azaz to Jarablus areas, affecting civilians and aid workers. He called for their protection, as shelling in front-line areas in the north-west, as well as air strikes in Idleb, have continued.
“Our colleagues on the ground are working tirelessly to get families in all of Syria the supplies they need before temperatures drop. To do that, they need resources, they need access, and they must be protected,” Mr. Lowcock said.
He also updated the Security Council on the humanitarian impact of the economic crisis; humanitarian access; and the assistance being provided by humanitarian organizations across Syria.
Mr. Lowcock’s full remarks are available online.