Over 13 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance: UN


The top UN relief official has warned that over 13 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, with 6.3 million in “acute need” of aid due to the incessant violence in the country.

“Conflict and violations of international humanitarian law continue to be the principal drivers of humanitarian need, with civilians in many parts of the country enduring massive suffering,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told the Security Council on Monday.

Airstrikes on the city of Al Mayadin in Dayr al-Zawr in mid-October left hospitals “inoperable,” depriving about 15,000 people of health care, he said.

The attacks on the city also destroyed a cold room where at least 140,000 doses of UN provided measles and polio vaccines were being kept.


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