UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United Nations announced on Monday that the confrontations in northwestern Syria “have reached a terrifying level” and have led to the flight of 900,000 people since the regime’s offensive began in December.
“We now believe that 900,000 people have been displaced since December 1, the vast majority of whom are women and children,” Mark Lockock said in a statement.
The previous outcome, announced by the United Nations last Thursday, amounted to 800,000 displaced people.
“They are traumatized and forced to sleep in the open amid the frosts because the (refugee) camps tighten them. Mothers shove plastic to warm their children and infants and children die from the cold,” he added.
With the support of Moscow, the Syrian regime launched an attack on the Idlib governorate in the northwest of the country, the last bastion of the opposition and jihadist factions.
The UN official considered that “the violence in northwestern Syria is blind”, calling for “one option” is a ceasefire, and continued, “We are receiving information that the whereabouts of the displaced are targeted today, which leads to deaths and injuries and new desertions.”
“Even humanitarian workers have been displaced and killed,” said Lukoc, adding that a “massive relief mission” is on its way from Turkey to Syria, but the scale of the tragedy has “surpassed it.”
The conflict in Syria since 2011 has resulted in more than 380,000 deaths.
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