"Devastation and suffering" in Syria "defies comprehension": O'Brien

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Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The levels of devastation and suffering witnessed in Syria in 2016, defy comprehension, according to the head of the UN's humanitarian aid coordination agency, OCHA.

Sharing details of what he called a "senseless and brutal" conflict, Stephen O'Brien urged the Security Council to ensure the current ceasefire holds and to support efforts to find a political solution.

As the crisis enters its sixth year, the UN estimates that four out of five Syrians now live in poverty.

Jocelyne Sambira has the details.

Duration: 2’51″

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