News in Brief 6 February 2016 (PM)

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In east Aleppo City, Syria, boys and a man collect water from a UNICEF-supported water point in Shakoor neighbourhood. Photo: UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa

Syria: Millions in Aleppo without water

The United Nations is expressing grave concern over a water crisis in Aleppo, Syria, where nearly two million people have been cut off from their main source, which is under the control of the extremist group ISIL, also known as Daesh.

The situation has existed for more than three weeks and the UN has been supplying fuel to operate 100 deep wells in addition to supporting emergency water trucking.

Meanwhile, a joint convoy from the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered food and other emergency items to 84,000 people in Talbiseh, a hard-to-reach area in rural Homs, on Sunday.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric has more information.

"That area was last reached by a convoy on 19 September 2016. This convoy is the first cross-line land delivery in February and only the second in 2017.

The UN continues to call for unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access to all 4.72 million people in hard-to-reach locations across the country, including more than 600,000 in besieged locations."

Refugee chief meets Syrian families in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited Lebanon's Bekaa valley this past weekend, where more than 360,000 Syrians are sheltering.

Mr. Grandi made a stop at an informal tented settlement housing around 60 families most of whom are farmers.

He also visited a school where most of the students are Syrian refugees. Out of 868 students, more than 660 are Syrians who attend afternoon classes.

Mr Grandi also spoke of Lebanon's strong support for Syrian refugee children, and he called for continued international assistance for their education and healthcare.

The UN refugee chief also touched on the uncertainty facing hundreds of refugees in Lebanon who had been processed for resettlement in the United States but have been unable to travel as a result of the country's recent executive order to suspend its refugee resettlement programme for 120 days.

UNICEF appeal also supports children in DPRK and Myanmar

Children affected by conflict, food shortages or natural disaster in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Myanmar will be among the beneficiaries of a multi-billion dollar UN humanitarian appeal.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) recently announced that it is seeking US$3.3 billion to provide emergency assistance to 7.5 million children worldwide this year.

UNICEF said US$42 million will go towards delivering lifesaving aid to youngsters in the two Asian countries.

The funding will support provision of essential medicines to more than two million children in the DPRK, also known as North Korea.

The UN agency and its partners are also seeking to meet the basic needs of some 127,000 children in Myanmar, including more than 12,000 under-fives affected by severe acute malnutrition.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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