Violence in Syria continues with "utter impunity"

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A mother and child in Yarmouk, Syria. Photo: UNRWA File Photo/Taghrid Mohammad

Over 220,000 people have been killed and more than a million injured in Syria while violence continues with utter impunity, according to the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Kyung-Wha Kang was updating the UN Security Council on the humanitarian situation in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

She said violence continues to be perpetrated by all parties to the conflict, using explosive weapons and barrel bombs.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Members of the 15-member Council heard on Monday how the situation has deteriorated significantly in the past week in Ain al Arab, known in Kurdish as Kobani, following attacks to reclaim the city by the terrorist group ISIL.

The UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator also underlined the Syrian Government's use of barrel bombs in Aleppo which has killed hundreds of civilians, many of them children.

Kyung-Wha Kang explained that despite the extremely challenging environment, humanitarian organizations continue to reach millions of people in need.

"Aid agencies are working hard to assist the millions of Syrians affected by this conflict. But these efforts require adequate resources. Only a quarter of the appeal for life saving work in Syria and the region is funded today. Food assistance across the region is now in jeopardy. Since January, WFP has had to reduce its food provisions by 30 per cent, and more cuts are anticipated in the next three months due to serious funding shortfalls."

Ms Kang said that it's hard to see an end to what she called "this nightmare of violence and destruction".

She called on the UN Security Council to press for a political solution.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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