The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today that the lives of thousands of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo are at risk following spread of hostilities and reports of continued aerial bombardment and shelling on civilian locations in both western and eastern parts of the city.
“The UN has reiterated its call on all parties to the conflict to take all measures to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access to all civilians living in Aleppo city, as required under international humanitarian law,” said Alessandra Vellucci, Director of the UN Information Service, briefing the press today in Geneva.
“Very importantly, that included enabling the rapid, safe and unhindered evacuation of all civilians who wished to leave,” she added.
On 8 July, OHCA expressed “serious concern” for an estimated 300,000 people trapped in eastern Aleppo city, due to heavy clashes along the Castello road, the only road in and out of that part of the city.
Clashes since 7 July rendered the road impassable, severely impacting the flow of humanitarian supplies, commercial goods, and civilian movement. Price increases had already been reported in eastern Aleppo city.