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Civilians at even greater risk of attack in Syria

More aid is getting through to civilians caught up in the Syrian war, but there’s been a worrying escalation in the number of attacks against them and humanitarian workers that must stop, a senior UN adviser said on Thursday.

Jan Egeland told journalists in Geneva that up to nine million Syrians receive aid every month in one of the largest humanitarian operations in a generation.

But he said that most of those living under siege could not be reached.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Duration: 2'15"

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Alleged chemical attack overwhelms Syria medical staff

Medical staff and facilities in Syria’s Idlib governorate are “overwhelmed” and short of lifesaving medicines after a deadly suspected chemical attack, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

More than 70 people reportedly died in the attack on Khan Shaykun and hundreds more have been affected, many of them women and children.

WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarević has been explaining to Daniel Johnson how the agency is responding to the emergency with help from its partners.

Duration: 3’46”