UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN

25-Apr-2018 00:02:37
UN Assistant-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller said after seven years of conflict in Syria “the needs of Syrians have never been higher” and called on the international community to turn commitments in today’s Brussels conference into “concrete action.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN
TRT: 02:37
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN flag out UNHQ

25 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations:
“Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure have reached some of the highest levels since the conflict began. In the first three months of 2018 the United Nations has verified 72 attacks on health facilities, compared to 112 attacks in all of 2017. At the same time cross-line access remains extremely constricted, with only five convoys deploying so far in 2018. A strong response from Member States has never been more in need.”
4. Med shot, ambassadors
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations:
“While Eastern Ghouta is no longer besieged as it has come under the control of the Government of Syria, the UN has not yet been granted access to Duma, where an estimated 70,000 individuals remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance after years of besiegement and months under intensified shelling and airstrikes.”
6. Med shot, ambassadors
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations:
“In Idleb governorate, the situation remains catastrophic, with almost 400,000 people displaced since mid-December, in addition to tens of thousands who were displaced from eastern Ghouta and eastern Qalamoun. There are simply no more sites or shelters available for the vast majority of new arrivals.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations:
“Mr. President, after seven years of conflict that continues to see escalation after escalation, the needs of Syrians have never been higher. The Brussels conference showed the clear resolve of the international community to place Syria at the top of their agenda and to ensure that immediate life-saving assistance is available to all in need. However, those commitments must now turn into concrete action.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN Assistant-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller said after seven years of conflict in Syria “the needs of Syrians have never been higher” and called on the international community to turn commitments in today’s Brussels conference into “concrete action.”

Briefing the Security Council today (25 Apr), Mueller said the UN had verified 72 attacks on health facilities in the first three months of 2018 “compared to 112 attacks in all of 2017.” She added that only five cross-line convoys have been deployed in 2018 and called for a “strong response” from the Security Council.

The Assistant-Secretary General said the UN had not yet been granted access to Douma, “where an estimated 70,000 individuals remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance after years of besiegement and months under intensified shelling and airstrikes.” She said the UN was last permitted to access the town on 15 March with food assistance for only 26,100 people.

Mueller described the situation in Idlib as “catastrophic” with almost 400,000 people displaced since mid-December, in addition to tens of thousands who were displaced from Eastern Ghouta and eastern Qalamoun. She said, “There are simply no more sites or shelters available for the vast majority of new arrivals.”

The Assistant-Secretary General said the Brussels conference showed “the clear resolve of the international community to place Syria at the top of their agenda and to ensure that immediate life-saving assistance is available to all in need; however, those commitments must now turn into concrete action.” Mueller also called on the warring parties to respect the rules of war and allow safe, sustainable, and unimpeded access to all those in need.
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