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Syria: UN humanitarian chief briefs Security Council

29 Jul 2020


Families fleeing escalating violence in Deraa set up tents on the south-western border of Syria (2018). UNICEF/Alaa Al-Faqir

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

Mr. Lowcock updated the Council on the support that humanitarian agencies are delivering to people across Syria, the economic situation in the country and its humanitarian consequences, the protection of civilians and funding for the humanitarian operation.

Noting that humanitarian aid operations across Syria are reaching an average of 6.8 million people each month, the UN humanitarian chief said that the country’s economic crisis is deepening poverty and pushing more people into humanitarian need.

Some 4.6 million people are receiving monthly food assistance; more than 8.9 million medical procedures have been conducted; and more than 1.6 million children have received help with their education.

“With the Security Council’s decision, on 11 July, to extend authorization for UN cross-border aid delivery into north-west Syria, we are working to address the operational challenges arising from your decision,” Mr. Lowcock said.

“The UN is also helping tackle COVID-19 in Syria. The problem is now country-wide: cases have now been confirmed in all but one of Syria’s governorates. UN staff working in Syria are also struck by the disease,” he added.

Mr. Lowcock’s full remarks to the Security Council are available online.