GENEVA / IDLIB HUMANITARIAN

13-Sep-2018 00:01:51
On the humanitarian situation in the Syria's Idlib, a UN regional humanitarian coordinator said today “at the moment as humanitarians, while we hope for the best, we are preparing for the worst.” UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / IDLIB HUMANITARIAN
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DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“A key element to, of course at the moment as humanitarians, while we hope for the best, we are preparing for the worst. And I think, we have put together a preparedness plan. We are looking at response for up to 900,000 people that may flee that we hope it won’t happen, that we hope that it will not be needed, but our teams are really working 24/7 on stockpiling, on planning, on looking at the level of readiness, to be able to respond.”
4. Med shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Our top concern is, first of all, the protection of civilians. The fact that Idlib is the most congested environment in Syria, more than three million people living there, about 1.4 million internal displaced. The situation in Idlib is really very different to any other area given the composition of including all the fighters and extremist groups that are there. That really brings the need for humanitarian diplomacy, for diplomacy, for conflict prevention, and to find a way where people are really protected on the ground.”
6. Wide shot, briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“It is very important that at a moment of escalation, women, children, civilians have the rights to flee, and the rights to remain. They should really move according to what is safe for them and this is a right to all areas, whether it is an inter-governmental controlled areas or inter-non-governmental areas. The people’s wish really needs to be ensured.”
8. Various shots, briefing room
STORYLINE
On the humanitarian situation in the Syria's Idlib, a UN regional humanitarian coordinator said today “at the moment as humanitarians, while we hope for the best, we are preparing for the worst.”

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (13 Sep), Panos Moumtzis from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said “we have put together a preparedness plan. We are looking at response for up to 900,000 people that may flee that we hope it won’t happen, that we hope that it will not be needed, but our teams are really working 24/7 on stockpiling, on planning, on looking at the level of readiness, to be able to respond.”

The regional coordinator pointed out that his top concern in Idlib was the protection of civilians, adding that “Idlib is the most congested environment in Syria, more than three million people living there, about 1.4 million internal displaced.”

He added “the situation in Idlib is really very different to any other area given the composition of including all the fighters and extremist groups that are there. That really brings the need for humanitarian diplomacy, for diplomacy, for conflict prevention, and to find a way where people are really protected on the ground.”

Moumtzis reiterated that “it is very important that at a moment of escalation, women, children, civilians have the rights to flee, and the rights to remain. They should really move according to what is safe for them and this is a right to all areas, whether it is an inter-governmental controlled areas or inter-non-governmental areas. The people’s wish really needs to be ensured.”

The regional coordinator also asked for unhindered access for humanitarian workers and the protection of medical infrastructures.
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