UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — More than 400,000 people have fled northwestern Syria in four months, a UN official said on Thursday, urging the UN Security Council to move quickly to protect civilians in the region.
This came in a statement made by Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Muller, during the Security Council meeting held Thursday at the United Nations permanent headquarters in New York.
The session will be held on the Syrian crisis, during which the Council is expected to vote on two draft resolutions. The first one was put forward by Kuwait, Germany and Belgium on Wednesday evening.
“The situation has reached a desperate level, with more than 400,000 people (north-west Syria) having to flee between May and August, and many have been displaced more than once, all heading north,” Mueller said.
She added: “Winter is on the doorstep, and we estimate the financial needs of our humanitarian activities at more than $ 68.5 million to meet the harsh winter, and cover humanitarian operations in northwestern Syria.”
In her testimony, Mueller addressed the internal verification commission set up by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in August on attacks on medical and civilian facilities in northwestern Syria.
She pointed out that “the investigation team will begin its work on the thirty of this month, and will report to Guterres later” (without specifying a specific date).
She explained that the United Nations “is currently preparing to provide humanitarian assistance to the residents of the camp for displaced people near the border with Jordan,” adding that more than 6,000 people have left the camp to areas under the control of the Syrian regime.
She described the humanitarian situation in al-Houl camp (north) as “extremely dire” and said that there are more than 68 thousand people living in the camp in need of humanitarian assistance and water and health care services.
“There does not seem to be an imminent solution to the Sphinx camp. People are now living in a state of uncertainty, and they must be urgently resolved, especially for foreign citizens in the camp.”
“Member States must take the necessary measures to resettle or prosecute these foreign populations.”
For her part, the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Kelly Kraft, members of the Security Council, to vote in favor of the Kuwaiti-German-Belgian draft resolution on Idlib, where more than a thousand civilians were killed during the last period.
She said the unilateral ceasefire agreement in August was “an alleged agreement used by Assad and his allies to cover up attacks on civilians. They killed 1,089 people between April and August.” In addition to 308 children and 30 humanitarian workers. ”
In a statement to the same session, the US ambassador called on Guterres to “publicly publish the results of the UN investigation into the attacks on civilian facilities in Idlib.”
“Washington stands ready to assist in this regard in order to ensure the implementation of the principle of accountability,” she said.
Germany’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, said the draft resolution, which was put forward by his country in cooperation with Kuwait and Belgium, “aims to protect civilians in Idlib and ensure humanitarian access.”
“The humanitarian situation in Idlib is very miserable, and we call on all parties to comply with international humanitarian law,” he said.
The German Ambassador informed the members of the Council that his country, Kuwait and Belgium will present, today, their draft resolution on Idlib to vote, calling on all members of the Council to vote in favor of the resolution and unite behind it.
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