Syria Crisis – United Nations Response 1 June 2016

UNHCR concerned about fighting in northern Syria affecting thousands of vulnerable civilians

In a statement issued on 28 May, UNHCR expressed its deep concern about the plight of some 165,000 displaced persons reportedly massing near the Syrian town of Azaz in northern Syria. People have started to flee due to heavy fighting in northern Aleppo. Fleeing civilians are being caught in cross-fire and are facing challenges to access medical services, food, water and safety.

UN relief chief calls for more assistance for ‘distressing and dire’ situation of Syrians

Following a visit to Hatay in southern Turkey, the top United Nations humanitarian official called for greater assistance for Syrians in need, both inside the country and across the region, warning that the humanitarian situation for millions of people remains “unrelentingly distressing and dire.”  “The people of Syria continue to suffer. The violence, fear and deprivation force Syrians to make the impossible choices of leaving their homeland for a tolerable life in another part of the country or across the border or continent,” Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said in a press release.