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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine and Syria

18 Aug 2022

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60 tonnes of critical supplies were delivered in Zaporizka oblast, Ukraine on 17 August, 2022. (Photo credit: WFP/Fady Mousa)

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 18 August 2022

Ukraine

In Ukraine, we and our humanitarian partners yesterday delivered 60 tonnes of critical supplies in Zaporizka oblast to help meet the most immediate needs of nearly 6,000 people who remain in the Orikhiv settlement, only 6 kilometres from the front line.

The nine-truck humanitarian convoy brought food, water, hygiene kits, health supplies, shelter kits and relief items to help people stay warm in the cold season ahead. This is the first convoy to reach this severely affected area since the war began.

Across Ukraine, aid workers have provided life-saving assistance to nearly 12 million people affected by the war since February. However, assistance remains limited in areas beyond the control of the Ukrainian Government.

Syria

In Syria, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Imran Riza yesterday concluded a four-day mission to the northeastern Al Hasakeh and Ar-Raqqa Governorates.

In a statement, Mr. Riza warned that north-east Syria is facing a severe water crisis - from drinking water to water for irrigation, food production, and power generation – impacting people’s health and livelihoods. He said that the UN, working with all parties concerned, is committed to comprehensively address this crisis.

Mr. Riza also visited several camps for internally displaced persons and called for sustained access to services and livelihoods to help affected families in and out of camps break the cycles of poverty and crisis so they can live their lives in dignity.

Mr. Riza expressed concern about the increasing levels of violence in Al Hol camp. This year alone, at least 26 people, including three this week, have been murdered in the camp. 20 of those murdered are women. Criminality, gender-based violence and attacks against humanitarian workers are also common. Humanitarians have developed a strategy to address the challenges in Al Hol, but are currently facing a US$45 million funding deficit.