UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

09-Jan-2019 00:01:04
The United Nations remains concerned by reports that civilians, including women, children and medical workers, have been killed and injured due to ongoing intense hostilities between non-state armed groups in the northwest part of Syria since late December. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN UPDATE
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DATELINE: 09 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

09 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“There are indications that some of the fighting between these non-state armed groups has taken place near the sites of internally displaced people, with reports that some displaced people, as well as other civilians, have been forced to flee to other areas.”
4. Med shot, reporters in press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“Flooding is estimated to have impacted some 23,000 internally displaced people, with more than 3,000 temporary shelters damaged or destroyed. The UN continues to strongly urge all parties to take all feasible precautions to avoid harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities, and this to facilitate humanitarian access to people in need, in line with their obligations under international law.”
6. Med shot, reporters in press briefing room
7. Wide shot, Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
STORYLINE
The United Nations remains concerned by reports that civilians, including women, children and medical workers, have been killed and injured due to ongoing intense hostilities between non-state armed groups in the northwest part of Syria since late December. Recent fighting has been reported in northern Hama and in the southern part of Idleb governorate.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric cited indications that some of the fighting between these non-state armed groups has taken place near the sites of internally displaced people, with reports that some displaced people, as well as other civilians, have been forced to flee to other areas. The violence is also reported to have affected several medical facilities.

The humanitarian situation in the northwest of the country has been further complicated by severe weather, including flooding in several areas and increasingly cold weather. Flooding is estimated to have affected some 23,000 internally displaced people, with more than 3,000 temporary shelters damaged or destroyed due to the flooding.

Dujarric strongly urged all parties to take all feasible precautions to avoid harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities, in line with their obligations under international law.
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