"Indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks" continue in Syria

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Syrian refugees. UNHCR/O.Labban-Mattei

Violence against civilians is continuing in Syria despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for increased and unhindered humanitarian access.

On Friday, the Council discussed a report of the UN Secretary-General which said that "indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks" have caused mass civilian death and injuries, as well as forced displacement.

The attacks included aerial bombings, and the targeting of civilians with barrel bombs.

The British Ambassador to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant said there had been little progress since the adoption of the Security Council resolution.

"Five weeks on and against whichever benchmarks you use, it is clear that we have not seen the step change required. And the Syrian government is front and center in bearing the overwhelming responsibility for this lack of response. The regime's use of barrel bombs continues unabated with devastating impact on civilians with a daily death toll now of more than 200."  (26″)

The Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja'afari urged the international community to work constructively with his Government.

"We are a member state, full pledged member state of this organization. We are a government. These people should be responsible and deal with the Syrian government. We need their cooperation, their cooperation, not their complicity, and their assistance with the terrorist groups." (15″)

According to the report, 9.3 million Syrians are currently in need of humanitarian aid, with 3.5 million of them living in hard to reach areas.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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