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UN humanitarian chief briefs Security Council on Syria

28 Apr 2021

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The first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines supplied through the COVAX Facility arrived in Syria last week. © UNICEF

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 covered five points in his briefing, including COVID-19, the economic crisis, the protection of civilians, the issue of humanitarian access, and assistance humanitarian organizations are providing across Syria.

He said that while there is a high degree of uncertainty over the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic in Syria, hospitals in Damascus are full. In northern Syria, new cases have also been confirmed in displacement camps, which lack resources to treat patients.

He added that food prices remain historically high, with more than half of Syrian households reporting not having sufficient or nutritious food - an increase of more than 70 per cent compared to last year.

In addition, he said that ongoing fuel shortages are increasingly affecting humanitarian operations and have led to the cancellation of several field missions this month.

Mr. Lowcock also condemned the killing of two more aid workers this month.

He also highlighted the situation at the Alouk water station, whose water supply has been interrupted almost consistently for the past two weeks, affecting close to half a million people in Al-Hasakeh, including in al Hol camp.

Mr. Lowcock’s full remarks are available online.