News in Brief 3 December 2019

  • Eight children among dead in attack in Syria’s Aleppo province
  • Only one in five countries has strong health strategy against climate change
  • Zimbabwe ‘facing worst hunger crisis in a decade’
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Syria: WHO appeals for funding to sustain critical health care for millions trapped by conflict

With conflict raging in northwest Syria, the United Nations health agency has appealed for $11 million to provide life-saving care to parts of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Lattakia governorates.

War-torn Syrian sites of Palmyra, Aleppo “part of their identity”

Newly-identified destruction of the World Heritage Site of Palmyra is an “immense loss” to both the Syrian people and humanity overall, according to the UN Cultural Organization,

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War “won’t prevent Aleppo from rising”: UN aid coordinator

Years of war and destruction “won’t prevent Aleppo from rising” once again, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, speaking from the rubble of the eastern part of the ancient city.

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“Crucial” day for thousands fleeing Syria’s Aleppo, says UN Envoy

A “race against the clock" has started to help thousands of people leaving Syria’s Aleppo city, the UN said Thursday, amid a call from UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura that now is the time to push for new talks to bring an end to the conflict.

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No “right hands for wrong weapons,” says deputy UN chief

There are no “right hands” when it comes to Weapons of Mass Destruction or WMDs, the deputy UN chief told Members of the Security Council on Thursday.

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Deep foreboding for Aleppo civilians amid alleged executions

Reports have emerged from Syria’s Aleppo city that dozens of civilians - including women and children - have been executed by pro-government forces as they close in on the last remaining neighbourhoods still held by opposition groups.

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Desperate appeals to evacuate injured from Aleppo

“Desperate appeals” are being made for humanitarian workers to evacuate the sick and injured from Syria’s Aleppo amid continued intense fighting, the UN said on Thursday.

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Aleppo aid plan "must be approved soon to avoid catastrophe”

With the onset of winter, a UN-backed plan to get aid into Eastern Aleppo needs to be approved by warring parties very soon since the alternative could be “catastrophic”, a senior aid official said Thursday.

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Aleppo spotlight as UN Human Rights Council holds special session

Horrific violence in Syria’s Aleppo was the focus of an extraordinary session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, which ended with a call for a special inquiry into dramatic recent events in the city.

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