Humanitarian needs growing rapidly in Syria, says head of UN relief operations

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Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Ordinary people are paying the price for the failure to end the conflict which has created a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

That's what Valerie Amos, the head of the United Nations humanitarian agency, told the Security Council on Thursday.

Ms. Amos said that the parties to the conflict have become increasingly entrenched in the rhetoric and reality of war with total disregard for the impact on people's lives.

“The destruction of essential infrastructure including schools and hospitals, devaluation of the currency, rising food prices, shortage of fuel and electricity and lack of water has had an impact on the majority of Syrians. The needs are growing rapidly and are most severe in the conflict and opposition- controlled areas. The latest figures show 6.8 million people in need, 4.25 million people internally displaced and an additional 1.3 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.” (32")

Valerie Amos warned that the economic collapse in Syria has led to a consequential collapse in people's coping mechanisms.

She reminded the Security Council that it has been unable to reach the consensus necessary to support a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the country.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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