UN / RAQQA CIVILIANS

09-Aug-2017 00:01:00
A UN spokesperson expressed “deep concern” over the safety of thousands of civilians inside Raqqa city, “many of them women and children, who are caught in the crossfire of the ongoing conflict.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / RAQQA CIVILIANS
TRT: 01:00
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

09 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Spokesperson at podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“Our humanitarian colleagues are deeply concerned about the safety and protection of the thousands of civilians inside Raqqa city, many of them women and children, who are caught in the crossfire of the ongoing conflict. An estimated 10,000 to 25,000 people remain trapped in the city, although exact figures remain difficult to verify due to the situation on the ground.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“Access to Raqqa is not currently possible for the UN, due to the fighting on the ground. We remind all military actors of their obligations to protect civilians and ensure humanitarian access, in line with international humanitarian law.”
6. Med shot, journalist asking question
7. Pan right, Dujarric walking over to journalist
STORYLINE
A UN spokesperson expressed “deep concern” over the safety of thousands of civilians inside Raqqa city, “many of them women and children, who are caught in the crossfire of the ongoing conflict.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (09 Aug), Stéphane Dujarric said an estimated 10,000 to 25,000 people remain trapped in the city, “although exact figures remain difficult to verify due to the situation on the ground.” He said the UN did not currently have access to Raqqa city as a result of the fighting and reminded “all military actors of their obligations to protect civilians and ensure humanitarian access, in line with international humanitarian law.”

Dujarric said the humanitarian community is assisting displaced people in at least 46 sites reaching over 263,000 people with some form of assistance in July. He added that the humanitarian assistance included food and nutrition assistance, as well as medicines and medical supplies.
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