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Syria: UN remains concerned for safety of civilians in the north-east

28 Oct 2019

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Families fleeing escalating violence in north-east Syria continue to arrive in Tal Tamar, 75 km south-east, having fled escalating violence. Credit: UNICEF/Delil Souleiman

The UN remains deeply concerned for the safety and protection of hundreds of thousands of civilians in north-east Syria following reports of sporadic fighting.

Of the more than 180,000 reported displaced since 9 October by the fighting, some 106,000 people remain unable to return to their homes.

The latest violence compounds an already dire humanitarian situation in the north-east. Of the 3 million women, children and men in north-east Syria, 1.8 million were already in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 900,000 in acute need. More than 710,000 of those living in the area were already internally displaced.

The UN continues to call on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and calls for all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.