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Syria’s Idlib could be the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century: OCHA

There’s growing international concern for almost three million people “trapped” inside Syria’s Idlib, amid fears of an all-out military assault on this last opposition region, the UN aid agency, OCHA, has warned.

In an interview with UN News, OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke insists that the war-torn country is not an “international humanitarian law-free zone” and says it’s imperative that civilian targets such as hospitals, are not targeted by any fighters.

Mr. Laerke spoke to Daniel Johnson, in Geneva.


Lives at risk “every minute that passes” in besieged Eastern Ghouta

Close to 400,000 civilians continue to be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta, said the UN on Monday.

Fighting has intensified and humanitarian agencies have not been able to provide lifesaving food or medical supplies, since 28th of November.

The UN continues to call for a ceasefire to allow aid to flow in, as well as access to evacuate the critically-ill.