Concerns about ongoing fighting in Idlib and its impact on civilians

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Yacoub El Hillo. (UNTV video capture)

The humanitarian situation in Idlib, a city in north-western Syria is deteriorating, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country.

Yacoub El Hillo on Monday said fighting escalated last week between the Government of Syria and non-state armed groups.

He said this led to numerous civilian deaths and injuries, and to the displacement of some 30,000 people.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

Further hostilities have been reported by the UN in the vicinity of Idlib including the villages of Foha and Kafraya, where 20,000 people are reportedly surrounded by non-state armed groups.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria said he is "gravely concerned" by the ongoing fighting and its possible impact on hundreds of thousands of civilians.

Yacoub El Hillo described the situation in Idlib as becoming increasingly dire, with electricity shortages and closure of schools and hospitals.

Limited commercial supplies are reportedly available, but many shops have closed.

Should the fighting continue to intensify, the United Nations warned that large scale displacement could take place towards neighbouring governorates and across the border to Turkey.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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