UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN O’BRIEN

29-Jun-2017 00:02:10
Briefing the United Nations Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria today, the UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said “despite our best efforts, we continue to have supplies consistently removed from our trucks before we can even deploy. Nearly 200,000 treatments have been forcibly removed this year alone.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN O’BRIEN
TRT: 2:10
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 29 JUNE 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

29 JUNE 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council meeting
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in urban areas is unconscionable, with the outmost serious consequences for civilians in the immediate and long term. We know this. Those fighting know this. Those who support the different parties know it too. And for sure, those civilians who have suffered years of war know this.”
4. Cutaway, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“When explosive weapons are used in populated areas, 92 per cent of people killed or injured are civilians. 92 percent. And those who might be lucky enough to survive the bombs, but whose homes are destroyed and are forced to flee face a whole new set of protection challenges - from mines and unexploded ordinance, to forced conscription, sexual abuse and violence, to restrictions on basic rights such as freedom of movement.”
6. Zoom in, Security Council meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Despite our best efforts, we continue to have supplies consistently removed from our trucks before we can even deploy. Nearly 200,000 treatments have been forcibly removed this year alone. The removal of these treatments is the removal of life-saving aid for those in needs - treatments, medicines, a chance at life - and it must be brought to an end. We must be able to deliver based on need.”
8. Cutaway, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“So I call on all members of this Council to do more to ensure humanitarian access, allowing us to reach those in needs. While the besieged population has lowered again, their needs remain high. And those who have moved to other hard- to-reach areas continue to require our urgent and sustained support as well.”
10. Zoom out, end of Council’s meeting
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Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator briefed the Security Council members Thursday (29 Jun) on how the prolonged conflict is affecting some 13.5 million Syrians caught in a protection crisis and live in danger every day.

O’Brien said “the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in urban areas is unconscionable, with the outmost serious consequences for civilians in the immediate and long term.”

He went to explain that when explosive weapons are used in populated areas, “92 per cent of people killed or injured are civilians” and that “those who might be lucky enough to survive the bombs, but whose homes are destroyed and are forced to flee face a whole new set of protection challenges - from mines and unexploded ordinance, to forced conscription, sexual abuse and violence, to restrictions on basic rights such as freedom of movement.”

The Emergency Relief Coordinator also spoke about difficulties the United Nations and its humanitarian partners are facing in reaching those in need inside Syria.

O’Brien said “despite our best efforts, we continue to have supplies consistently removed from our trucks before we can even deploy. Nearly 200,000 treatments have been forcibly removed this year alone.”

The Under-Secretary-General concluded his statement by asking Council’s members “to do more to ensure humanitarian access” and “while the besieged population has lowered again, their needs remain high. And those who have moved to other hard- to-reach areas continue to require our urgent and sustained support as well.”

O’Brien also called for securing humanitarian convoys against attacks as well as for release of 29 missing and detained UN staff members in Syria.
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