According to Abna News, UN Under-Secretary-General for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told the Security Council on Monday that =over 13 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, with 6.3 million in “acute need” of aid due to the incessant violence in the country.
He pointed to the displacement of 436,000 people in Raqqa province and 350,000 others in Deir Ezzor as well as the alarming number of child malnutrition in Eastern Ghouta region and noted, “One conclusion is obvious: the impact of the Syria crisis continues to be profound.”
Airstrikes on the city of Al Mayadin in Deir Ezzor in mid-October left hospitals “inoperable,” depriving about 15,000 people of health care, he said.
The UN relief chief warned that nearly 3 million people continue to live in besieged and hard-to-reach areas where the UN faces “considerable challenges” in providing humanitarian assistance.
Humanitarian issues also top the agenda of the seventh round of the intra-Syrian talks, mediated by Iran, Russia and Turkey, in the Kazakh capital, Astana.
The discussions have brought representatives from Syria’s warring sides to the negotiating table in a bid to end the foreign-backed militancy in the country, which broke out in March 2011.