UN / SYRIA UPDATE

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The UN remains "very alarmed about the safety and protection of over three million civilians in Idlib and its surrounding areas in northwestern Syria,” the United Nations spokesperson told reporters in New York on Thursday, as reports of airstrikes and shelling “continue to take a heavy toll on the civilian population.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

20 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Cutaway, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“We remain very alarmed about the safety and protection of over three million civilians in Idlib and its surrounding areas in the northwestern part of Syria, as reports of airstrikes and shelling continue to take a heavy toll on the civilian population. There was no respite for families in Idlib and Aleppo in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, at least 15 communities were reported hit by airstrikes, and 11 communities were reportedly struck by shelling. Most markets have been closed and supply routes are disrupted due to the hostilities.”
5. Cutaway, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“A massive cross-border operation in the northwest of the country is currently underway to assist civilians as needs are growing. A total of 1,227 trucks of humanitarian assistance crossed from Turkey through Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam cross-border checks last month compared to 928 trucks in December. This is the largest amount of aid the United Nations has sent across the Syrian-Turkish border in any month since the operation was authorized in 2014. Nearly 900 trucks carried food assistance that will help 1.4 million people. Other trucks carried health supplies for almost half a million people, and non-food items for more than 230,000 people.”
7. Cutaway, reporters
8. Wide shot, press room

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The UN remains "very alarmed about the safety and protection of over three million civilians in Idlib and its surrounding areas in the northwestern part of Syria,” the United Nations spokesperson told reporters in New York on Thursday, as reports of airstrikes and shelling “continue to take a heavy toll on the civilian population.”

There was no respite for families in Idlib and Aleppo in the last 24 hours,” said Stephane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General. “Yesterday, at least 15 communities were reported hit by airstrikes, and 11 communities were reportedly struck by shelling. Most markets have been closed and supply routes are disrupted due to the hostilities,” he said.

According to the UN, hostilities are now approaching densely populated areas - such as Idlib city and Bab al-Hawa border crossing, which has among the highest concentration of displaced civilians in northwest Syria and also serves as a humanitarian lifeline.

“A massive cross-border operation in the northwest of the country is currently underway to assist civilians as needs are growing,” saod Dujarric

The spokesperson reported that a total of 1,227 trucks of humanitarian assistance crossed from Turkey through Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam cross-border checks last month - one hundred more than in December last year, making it the largest amount of aid the United Nations has sent across the Syrian-Turkish border in any month since the operation was authorized in 2014.

“Nearly 900 trucks carried food assistance that will help 1.4 million people. Other trucks carried health supplies for almost half a million people, and non-food items for more than 230,000 people,” said Dujarric.
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