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A United Nations spokesperson said the UN is “deeply” concerned about the protection and wellbeing of civilians in northeastern Hama and southern Idleb governorates in Syria, following increased hostilities which have reportedly resulted in scores of deaths and injuries and displacement in the area. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 03 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

03 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our humanitarian colleagues remain deeply concerned about the protection and wellbeing of tens of thousands of civilians in northeastern Hama and southern Idleb governorates in Syria, following increased hostilities which have reportedly resulted in scores of deaths and injuries and displacement in the area.”
3. Wide shot, press briefing room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United Nations reminds all parties to the conflict of the legal obligation to take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects.”
5. Wide shot, press briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are also extremely concerned over a recent string of attacks on healthcare facilities inside Syria. On 31 December, a local hospital in the Idleb Governorate was reportedly damaged by an airstrike, while one day earlier a medical warehouse belonging to an international NGO was reportedly damaged by barrel bombs.”
7. Wide shot, press briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We continue to call on all the parties to the conflict to end the destruction of hospitals and other civilian infrastructure that is essential for the civilian population, and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”

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A United Nations spokesperson said the UN is “deeply” concerned about the protection and well-being of civilians in northeastern Hama and southern Idleb governorates in Syria, following increased hostilities which have reportedly resulted in scores of deaths and injuries and displacement in the area.

Speaking to reporters today (03 Jan), UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq said the UN reminds “all parties to the conflict of the legal obligation to take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects.”

According to the UN, on 02 January, seven people were reportedly killed and at least 18 people injured after an airstrike hit the Khan Elsobol town in southern rural Idleb.

On the same day, 25 people were reportedly injured and several shops and facilities were damaged when shelling hit the main vegetable market in Jisr-Ash-Shugur city in western rural Idleb. Further airstrikes and shelling incidents were reported in the southern countryside of the governorate.

The UN and its partners are coordinating the humanitarian response in the area through cross-border operations from Turkey. Priority needs include shelter, food, medical supplies, water and sanitation and other humanitarian assistance.

Haq also said that the UN is “extremely” concerned over a recent string of attacks on healthcare facilities inside Syria.

On 31 December, a local hospital in the Idleb Governorate was reportedly damaged by an airstrike, while one day earlier a medical warehouse belonging to an international NGO was reportedly damaged by barrel bombs.

He reiterated “we continue to call on all the parties to the conflict to end the destruction of hospitals and other civilian infrastructure that is essential for the civilian population, and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”
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