Category Archives: Syria Updates

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

Syrian Crisis United Nations Response No. 158/ 3 August 2016

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A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

ISIS’ violence against Yazidi community continues, says Commission of Inquiry on Syria
On the second anniversary of the attack against Yazidis in Sinjar, in northern Iraq, the Commission of Inquiry on Syria warned that crimes committed by ISIS against the Yazidis, including the crime of genocide, are ongoing. In a statement issued on 3 August, the Commission members reiterated that in their report, “They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis”, issued on 16 June 2016, they had determined that ISIS had committed the crime of genocide, as well as multiple crimes against humanity and war crimes, against the Yazidis. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis-United Nations Response No. 157/ 27 July 2016

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A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

 UN condemns the use of explosive devices in populated areas

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on 27 July voiced concern over reports of an increase in violence in Qamishly city. According to reports, at least 40 people were killed, including children, and many more injured in explosions in a populated area.
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Syrian Crisis United Nations Response

Map of SyriaA Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information      No. 156/ 20 July 2016

 WHO condemns multiple attacks on Syrian hospitals

The World Health Organization (WHO) condemned on 19 July the attacks on hospitals in Aleppo and Idlib governorates. It also offered its condolences to the families and colleagues of the health staff and patients killed in the number of attacks that have taken place in the last few weeks. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis-United Nations Response No. 154/ 7 July 2016

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

 Map of SyriaMore than 900,000 people have received aid in hard-to-reach areas since start of the year

Since the beginning of this year, the UN and partners have delivered humanitarian assistance through inter-agency operations to more than 941,000 Syrian civilians in besieged, hard-to-reach and other priority cross-line locations with dire humanitarian needs. Briefing reporters in New York, UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on 7 July that a total of 64 UN inter-agency convoys have taken place, reaching more than 822,000 people. Continue reading


Near verbatim transcript of stakeout by 
Mr. Jan Egeland, Senior Special Advisor to the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Mr. Staffan de Mistura
Geneva, 30 June 2016

“Good afternoon to all, we just finished the meeting of the Humanitarian Taskforce of the ISSG and a milestone in that regard was reached in Syria last night, because areas number 17 and 18 out of the 18 besieged areas on the UN list was reached.

Arbin and Zamalka hadn’t been reached since November 2012. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis-United Nations Response No. 153/ 29 June 2016

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information
Map of SyriaSpecial Envoy aims to hold next round of talks in July

Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura briefed to the Security Council on the status of the intra-Syrian talks on 29 June. During a press stake out at UN Headquarters afterwards, the Envoy said he was still aiming to hold the next round of talks in July, but would not hold talks “at any cost”. He added that it was important for the co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), Russia and the US, to see a ”critical mass” of progress on discussions on the political transition.

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“I would like to pick up where the chair started, with the good news.  In about two hours we will see the agreement in Colombia.  You also pointed to other progress in South Sudan.  We hope this year to see progress in Cyprus, Yemen and Syria.  So let us be encouraged by some progress in a troubled world.

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Near verbatim transcript of joint press stakeout

Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria,
Jan Egeland, Senior Special Advisor, and
Yacoub El Hillo, UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Arab Republic
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A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information No. 152/ 22 June 2016

Syria map UN senior officials brief General Assembly on Syria

Addressing a special meeting of the General Assembly on 21 June, Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said that political talks cannot proceed effectively while hostilities are escalating and civilians are starving. While noting that access to besieged and hard-to-reach areas had improved, this was not near the pace and the volume required to address the needs of all Syrians. Mr. de Mistura expressed concerns that in recent weeks areas where there had been a breakthrough of delivering humanitarian aid had been shelled before or after the convoys had reached or departed. Also briefing the General Assembly, Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien provided an update on ongoing humanitarian efforts in Syria. “Warring parties have displayed a brazen and brutal disregard for international and human rights law, using indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks including the use of barrel bombs in populated areas, which are the primary cause of civilian deaths and injuries”, he stated. Assistant High Commissioner for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic described attacks on medical facilities. He stressed that even in the parts of Syria that still provide medical care, people may be too scared to seek help. Continue reading

A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information No. 151/ 15 June 2016

 Map of SyriaSecretary-General condemns attacks on market in Idlib

The Secretary-General condemned the abhorrent attack carried out on 12 June on a market in Idlib city, which took place after a ceasefire stipulated in the Four Towns Agreement had been restored. The attack reportedly left dozens of civilians, including women and children, dead or wounded. In a statement, the Secretary-General extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved families, wished a speedy recovery to the injured and called on all those responsible for attacks on civilians to be held accountable. Continue reading