The Latest: UN warns of surge in attacks on Syrian civilians

Posted In: News Date:Apr 25th, 2018

The U.N.’s deputy humanitarian chief says attacks on civilians in Syria and their homes, schools and health facilities “have reached some of the highest levels since the conflict began” seven years ago.

Ursula Mueller told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the needs of people in Syria also “could not be higher,” with 13.1 million people in need of aid, including some 5.6 million “in acute need.”

She said the U.N. verified 72 attacks on health facilities in the first three months of 2018, compared to 112 attacks in 2017.

Mueller says access across conflict lines also “remains extremely constricted.” She said over 160,000 people left the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta between March 9 and April 15.

She says the situation in Idlib province “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.”