Amos calls for ceasefire and safe passage for Syrians

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Bekaa, Lebanon – More than 50% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children. OCHA /D.Palanivelu

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is calling on all parties to the ongoing hostilities in Syria to agree to an immediate pause in hostilities in Moadamiyeh.

This, she says, is to allow humanitarian agencies unhindered access to evacuate the remaining civilians and deliver life-saving treatment and supplies in areas where fighting and shelling is ongoing.

In a statement, Ms. Amos says UN humanitarian workers have been denied access to Moadamiyeh in Rural Damascus for months. She notes that although the evacuation of more than 3,000 people took place on Sunday, the same number or more remain trapped.

There are reports of continued shelling and fighting in the area, preventing the completion of the rescue operation.

Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says she continues to be extremely worried by the situation unfolding across Syria where ordinary women, children and men are facing horrific violence and brutality from all sides of the conflict.

And she asked: How many more children, women and men will needlessly lose their lives?

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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