UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria crisis and attacks on medical facilities

Stephen O’Brien. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

"Raw grief and unquenchable anger" at Syria crisis

"Raw grief and unquenchable anger" is how the UN's top humanitarian official has described his feelings about the latest developments in war-torn Syria. Stephen O'Brien was addressing the UN Security Council following a series of attacks on the city of Aleppo in which at least 96 children were killed. The civil war in Syria is now in its sixth year. Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva

Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/UN013175/Al-Issa (file photo)

Huge escalation of attacks in Aleppo kills 96 children

A ceasefire which was agreed by warring parties earlier in September broke down after a humanitarian convoy was attacked by aerial bombardments….and since then fighting has escalated further. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has condemned the killing of children in eastern Aleppo. The agency said there are only around 30 doctors left there to look after injured children and adults.  Cristina Silveiro has been speaking to UNICEF's Kieran Dwyer who is in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Joanne Liu. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Attacks on medical facilities becoming "new norm" in conflict

Attacks against hospitals and health workers are becoming a "new norm" in conflict, the head of one of the world's top humanitarian organizations has told the UN Security Council. The Council met to debate the need to ensure protection for healthcare during wartime. From Syria and Yemen to Afghanistan, South Sudan, Pakistan and beyond, hospitals, health care workers and the people they treat have become targets during conflict. Dianne Penn reports.

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