Syria facing systematic destruction: UNHCR

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The displaced people in the Azzas area are receiving winter emergency relief, like these vulnerable Syrian civilians.© UNHCR

A senior UN humanitarian official says Syria and its people are facing systematic destruction.

Director of UNHCR ‘s Middle East and North Africa Bureau , Yacoub El Hillo made the remarks at a news conference in Geneva on Friday on his return from the war- ravaged country.

“It is an apalling situation in Syria today, appalling, and all these figures are not capturing the true story of how Syria ,the people, but also Syria the country are facing systematic destruction.”

Mr. El Hillo announced that the UN Refugee Agency this week delivered emergency supplies to Northern Syria for the first time.

UNHCR staff delivered two hundred metric tons of tents and blankets to the Azzas area , where thousands of internally displaced are living in the open, in makeshift camps.

Mr El Hillo said, while international assistance had been distributed before, it was the first time UNHCR and perhaps the United Nations had deployed its own national and international staff in that region.

“The needs are huge and what we are doing now is open this access from within the country, hoping that this will be maintained and it is indeed our aim……as the inter-agency family inside Syria to move the next convoy in the next few days with larger quantities of aid to this population in that part of the country, but also many other parts of the country where displaced families are today in disputed areas.”

Meanwhile, UNICEF says more funding is needed to provide immediate assistance to 420,000 people, half of themchildren, in Homs in Western Syria.

Yvette Morris, UN Radio, Geneva


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