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Syria: The UN renews calls for the safety and protection of local aid workers

30 Jul 2018
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Convoy to East Ghouta. Credit: OCHA/Ghalia Seifo

Syria is one of the most challenging and dangerous environments for humanitarians to operate in. Since the start of the crisis in the country in March 2011, hundreds of humanitarian workers and service providers, including health workers, have been killed in the line of duty.

“All parties to the conflict in Syria are obliged under international humanitarian and human rights law to respect and protect humanitarian workers and other civilians,” said Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, in a statement released today.

During his briefing to the UN Security Council on 27 July, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock indicated that even as needs continue to grow in many areas, humanitarian organizations continue to reach millions of people across the country. In June alone, more than 3 million people received food.

Read the full briefing here.