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14-Nov-2019 00:02:43
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, told the Security Council that more than 11 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance across Syria, and said that this year, the United Nations and partners “have reached an average of 5.6 million people a month in all parts of Syria.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 14 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

14 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Russian Ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“As the Syrian conflict evolves, one fact remains. It is the people of Syria who continue to bear the consequences of eight-and-a-half years of war. Across the country, more than 11 million remain in need of humanitarian assistance. That’s more than half the estimated population.”
5. Wide shot, Council
SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“So far this year, we have reached an average of 5.6 million people a month in all parts of Syria. We try to prioritise the neediest. Over half of the response is in areas under government control. It takes place with their agreement and acceptance, and in coordination with them.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“In recent weeks there has been an increase in airstrikes and ground-based strikes, mostly in parts of southern and Western Idlib, that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reports has caused a high number of civilian casualties. In the last two days there have been reports of over one hundred airstrikes in Idlib and surrounding areas. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that four separate health facilities were damaged on 4 and 6 November.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Hostilities have decreased since the agreements reached on 17 and 22 October, but clashes continue in border areas, particularly around Ras al-Ain and Tell Abiad districts. OHCHR has verified reports that 49 civilians have been killed by a combination of airstrikes, ground-based strikes, sniper fire, and executions carried out by armed groups. OHCHR also verified that 31 civilians were killed by IEDs or explosive remnants of war since the beginning of October.”
10. Wide shot, Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people must be lifted. They are an act of economic terrorism. They are a collective punishment against the Syrian people. They pretend that it is for the Syrian people that they have imposed these measures. What a humane act that deprives Syrians of milk, food, medicine, health care requirements, even wheelchairs for the disabled. These are all things that Mr. Lowcock does not see.”
12. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, today (14 Nov) told the Security Council that more than 11 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance across Syria, and said that this year, the United Nations and partners “have reached an average of 5.6 million people a month in all parts of Syria.”

Lowcock said, “as the Syrian conflict evolves, one fact remains. It is the people of Syria who continue to bear the consequences of eight-and-a-half years of war.”

In the northwest of the country, Lowcock reported “an increase in airstrikes and ground-based strikes, mostly in parts of southern and Western Idlib” in recent weeks that have caused “a high number of civilian casualties.”

In the last two days, he said, “there have been reports of over one hundred airstrikes in Idlib and surrounding areas,” including reports “that four separate health facilities were damaged on 4 and 6 November.”

In the northeast, Lowcock said, “hostilities have decreased since the agreements reached on 17 and 22 October, but clashes continue in border areas, particularly around Ras al-Ain and Tell Abiad districts.”

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), he said, “has verified reports that 49 civilians have been killed by a combination of airstrikes, ground-based strikes, sniper fire, and executions carried out by armed groups” and has “also verified that 31 civilians were killed by IEDs or explosive remnants of war since the beginning of October.”

The Turkish Armed Forces launched an offensive into areas of Syria bordering Turkey on 9 October.
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