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News in Brief 17 January 2020

  • Libya: ‘Dire and untenable’ situation for children: UNICEF chief
  • Syria: Ceasefire fails to protect civilians
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Security Council beats midnight deadline, renews Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Syria, polio, DR Congo, Sudan updates, and, the art of stealing

Tuesday’s top stories include: A “daily nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art.

News in Brief 7 January 2020

  • Humanitarian situation worsening in Syria's Idlib
  • UN chief concerned over latest Venezuela standoff
  • West Darfur clashes in Sudan displace 40,000
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Syria: Civilians face ‘daily nightmare’ in Idlib, says top UN official

Following a sharp escalation of hostilities in southern Idlib, “at least 300,000 civilians have fled their homes” since mid-December, the UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis said on Tuesday, voicing concern for their well-being.

Nearly 300,000 Syrians displaced from Idlib since mid-December, Security Council hears

Amidst concern for the safety and protection of more than three million civilians in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave, the UN’s most senior humanitarian and political affairs officials briefed the Security Council on Syria behind closed doors on Friday.

UNICEF chief hopes 2020 will be 'a year of peace' for Syria’s children

Only an end to the war in Syria can bring safety to children there, the head of the UN child rights agency said on Thursday. 

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News in Brief 24 December 2019

  • UN chief's concern over military escalation in north-west Syria
  • Nigeria urged to protect civilians and aid workers
  • WFP and Myanmar partnership to end hunger
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Amidst uptick in violence and displacement, UN chief calls for ‘immediate cessation of hostilities’ in Syria

“Deeply concerned” over a recent military escalation in northwest Syria, Secretary-General António Guterres called for an “immediate cessation of hostilities”.