Economic and social fabric of Syria "ripped to shreds", says UN official

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A baby in Turkey’s Islahiye camp for Syrian refugees. © Jodi Hilton / IRIN

People continue to suffer as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria where the social and economic fabric of the country has been ripped to shreds.

That's what the UN Deputy humanitarian chief, Kyung-wha Kang said during her briefing to the Security Council on Thursday.

More than 190,000 people are reported to have died in the conflict and Ms. Kang said that number might even be higher.

She pointed out that it has been six months since the Council adopted a resolution aimed at pressing the parties to the conflict in Syria to reduce the suffering of ordinary people caught up in the conflict.

"Over the past six months the plight of people in Syria has not been reduced but has deepened. The violence and conflict continues unabated with more deaths of women, children and men. The social and economic fabric of the country has been ripped to shreds. According to data collected by human rights organizations from various sources, July 2014 was particularly harrowing since the start of the conflict for civilians in Syria with over 1,000 civilian deaths and injuries." (29")

Ms. Kang also told the Security Council that for the first time in six months, there was some improvement on humanitarian access in July.

She said that as a result of a resolution adopted by the Council, relief agencies are now reaching more people in need in hard-to-reach areas.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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