Category Archives: Syria Updates

A preview of current development in Syria and the UN’s efforts to bring peace.

Syrian Crisis-United Nations Response

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information
No. 214/27 September 2017

 Reports of airstrike killing people fleeing ISIL in rural Hama, UN official

Briefing the UN Security Council on 27 September, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock expressed concern about reports of recent fighting and airstrikes in Idlib and Hama, which have resulted in significant death and injury, and damaged critical civilian infrastructure. Continue reading

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

 Map of SyriaUN concerned about safety of 400,000 people in Raqqa

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters on 8 November that the UN is following the military operation in Raqqa district with great concern for the safety and security of more than 400,000 people in need, including more than 150,000 internally displaced people. Access to Raqqa has been highly constrained due to insecurity and Da’esh’s restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian assistance. He added that the UN and partners plan to respond to the needs of displaced people through whichever modality is more appropriate, including cross-line and cross-border operations. http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/db161108.doc.htm
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Syrian Crisis United Nations Response No. 171/ 2 November 2016

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

 Map of SyriaLarge number of civilians killed as fighting intensifies in Aleppo warns OHCHR

A Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva on 1 November that there had been reports of intensified shelling by armed opposition groups of civilian-populated areas in Government-controlled western Aleppo. The areas hit by mortars, rockets and other improvised explosive devices (IEDS) had included the neighbourhoods of Salah al-Din, al-Shahbaa, al-Zahraa and al-Hamadaniya.
More than 30 civilians, including at least 10 children, had been reportedly killed and dozens of others injured as a result of the attacks on 29 and 30 October. She added that shelling of opposition-held eastern Aleppo by Government forces and their allies was also continuing.  OHCR warned that all parties in Aleppo were conducting hostilities which were resulting in large numbers of civilian casualties, and creating an atmosphere of terror for those who continued to live in the city. Strikes against hospitals, schools, marketplaces, water facilities and bakeries were now commonplace, and if proven to be intentional, may amount to war crimes.

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Syrian Crisis United Nations Response-No. 164/14 September 2016

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

Map of SyriaWelcoming truce in Syria, Secretary-General says the UN is positioned to deliver vital humanitarian aid

At a press conference at UN Headquarters on 14 September, the Secretary-General welcomed the reinstatement of the cessation of hostilities and stressed that the United Nations was positioned to use this critical opportunity to deliver humanitarian aid to Aleppo as well as to other hard-to-reach and besieged areas across Syria. Mr. Ban called on countries with influence to work towards a political solution. “It is essential that intra-Syrian negotiations resume so that Syria’s long-suffering people feel a real change in their daily lives. Major countries with influence have a duty to use their influence and seize this latest opportunity to pursue a political solution to end this catastrophic conflict”, he added. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis United Nations Response No. 163/7 September 2016

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

 Map of SyriaInvestigative panel calls on parties to return to the negotiating table

In a report issued on 6 September, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria noted that following a brief respite in fighting resulting from February’s cessation of hostilities, there has been a tragic increase in violence targeting Syrian civilians, crushing hopes of peace. “The relief brought by the cessation of hostilities agreement is ample evidence that only the exercise of political will by relevant stakeholders, including in the international community, can reduce the suffering of the Syrian people”, the panel stressed, urging parties to return to the negotiating table. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis United Nations Response No. 162/31 August 2016

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

 Map of SyriaUN official highlights challenges of humanitarian operations in Syria
Addressing the media in Geneva on 30 August, a United Nations spokesperson highlighted the challenging working environment in which UN humanitarian agencies are operating within Syria and flagged that aid is being delivered to all those who need it, regardless of their affiliation and where they live. “From the planning process to the actual response, we are guided by our determination to assist people affected by this terrible crisis in accordance with core humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence,” OCHA Deputy Spokesperson Jens Laerke told a news briefing in the UN Office in Geneva in response to claims made in the UK newspaper, The Guardian.www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54797#
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Syrian Crisis-United Nations Response No. 161/24 August 2016

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

Aid convoy reaches besieged area near Homs for the first time in a month

A UN inter-agency convoy delivered humanitarian assistance to 35,000 people in Al Waer in the Homs area on 23 August. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), it was the first such convoy to bring life-saving assistance to any besieged or hard-to-reach area in Syria this month.
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Syrian Crisis-United Nations Response No. 160/17 August 2016

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information  

Map of SyriaHuman rights investigative panel sounds the alarm about the situation of civilians in Aleppo
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria voiced grave concern on 16 August for the safety of civilians, including a reported 100,000 children, living in eastern Aleppo city. “Neighbourhoods of Aleppo city are now being pounded daily by aerial bombardments by Government and pro-Government forces, causing mass civilian casualties”, the panel said. “These attacks appear to form the prelude to a siege, designed to force the capture of the city through a strategy of “surrender or starve”,” it added, stressing that the situation of civilians is critical and demands immediate attention and response. “Two million civilians in Aleppo currently lack access to running water. Those inside the armed group-held neighbourhoods describe lives of horror, under near-constant threat of death from airstrikes”, the human rights panel added. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis United Nations Response No. 159/10 August 2016

Map of SyriaA Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

UN Humanitarian Chief urges safe access to Aleppo

Speaking to reporters after a briefing to the Security Council on the situation in Aleppo on 9 August, Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien called once again for a “fully-fledged ceasefire or weekly 48-hour humanitarian pauses – as a minimum – to reach millions of people in need: safely, unimpeded and without further delay”.
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Press stake out-United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Syria

Transcript of stakeout by Mr. Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Syria, and Mr. Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the Special Envoy for Syria, following the meeting of meeting of the ISSG Humanitarian Taskforce

Geneva, 4 August 2016
RER. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I will give a general overview of the situation with a particular emphasis on the political process, then Jan Egeland will get into more details about the humanitarian situation, as discussed today during the taskforce. Continue reading