syria

Idlib deal could save three million ‘from catastrophe’ says UN chief, as militants are urged to lay down arms

A deal reached between Russia and Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting citizens “from catastrophe” in Syria’s Idlib region is a welcome development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, before urging all parties to make a “strong commitment” to it.

Agreement over buffer zone to spare civilians in Syria’s Idlib welcomed by top UN officials

The agreement between Turkey and Russia to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting civilians living in Idlib, Syria, has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the world body’s humanitarian chief, who called on all warring parties and countries supporting them to make it effective.

World Food Programme outlines preparations for besieged civilians of Idlib

With the UN imploring those fighting in Syria’s civil war and the countries backing them to prevent a “bloodbath” in the last rebel-held enclave of Idlib, the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing all it can to help civilians cope in the event of an offensive. Marwa Awad, Spokesperson for WFP in Syria, told Nabil Al Midani, from UN News’s Arabic service, what they were doing to safeguard families in the line of fire.

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Governments must re-think their role in Syria conflict: UN rights investigator

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, UN Commission of Inquiry investigator Karen Abuzayd  describes the main findings of the panel’s latest report, which highlights that war crimes have likely been committed by all sides, in the more than seven-year war.

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A record one million Syrians displaced over six months, during six key battles: UN investigators

All parties to the seven-year Syria conflict and the States that support them should do “everything in their power” to prevent a full-scale military assault on Idlib, a high-level United Nations-appointed panel of investigators said on Wednesday.

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.  OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke spoke to UN News's Daniel Johnson.

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Save Idlib from ‘transforming into a blood bath’, UN chief Guterres urges fighters and their allies

A full-scale battle for Idlib must be avoided at all costs, the United Nations Secretary-General has stressed, warning that failure to do so would unleash “a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict” so far.

News In Brief 11 September 2018

  • Syria’s Idlib risks becoming worst humanitarian tragedy of 21st century: OCHA
  • OHCHR on Myanmar freedom of expression violations
  • Venezuela ready for “new cooperation” with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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News In Brief 07 September 2018

  • WFP prepares for Idlib displacement as insecurity mars start of school year
  • Yemen Consultations continue, opposition delegation awaited
  • UN agencies ‘ready to assess villages in Rakhine State’, awaiting access
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‘Sanctity of human civilian life’ in Idlib must win out, urges UN Syria Envoy

With the ingredients for a “perfect storm” brewing in the Syrian province of Idlib, the international community cannot allow civilians there to succumb to such a fate, the UN Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Friday.