Monday, November 18, 2019
News

UN to focus on prevention of resumed fighting in Syria

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

United Nations | Wednesday, 2019 7:15:05 AM IST
Marking the end of the five-day Turkish truce in northeastern Syria, the United Nations' aim is for weapons to remain silent, a UN spokesman said.

"I think what is important for us and the focus for us is that there is no resumption of the fighting," Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, when asked at a regular briefing if the cease-fire announced by Turkey last week should continue, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

"Because we can only imagine the toll that it will take on the civilian population which -- we've run out of words -- to say suffered enough sounds empty," the spokesman said.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that since the Turkish offensive began October 9, to establish what it calls a safe zone along its border with Syria, more than 176,000 people, including nearly 80,000 children have been displaced, Dujarric said.

Each one of those displaced has a story and some of them have had to move three times within the region, Dujarric said. "So, we can only imagine what a resurgence of the fighting would do."

There have been estimates of as many as 180,000-200,000 people having been displaced, according to reports.

The spokesman also said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria Imran Riza has returned to Damascus after visiting the northeast.

Riza is grateful that appeals for humanitarian access were successful and that the teams were able to restore water and avert more serious humanitarian problems for residents in the area, the spokesman said.

Generators are now being used at the Alouk water station to supply safe water to more than 400,000 people in Al-Hassakeh city and surrounding displacement camps, Dujarric said. Critical infrastructure in the northeast and power lines to the water station had been damaged. --IANS sdr/

( 315 Words)

2019-10-23-01:18:06 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
Iran slams US Secretary of State for bac...
Kim Jong-un supervises airborne landing ...
UK parties in court over TV debate exclu...
HK court declares mask ban excessive, un...
China sails 1st indigenous aircraft carr...
Trump tweets Biden 'somewhat better' tha...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Many parents unable to recognise youth d...
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde to take oath...
Delhi Metro wins 2 awards at Urban Mobil...
Health Ministry signs MoC with Bill &...
Crucial for Rajya Sabha to form select c...
India's health system confronted with ma...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Bengaluru Tech Summit kicks off (Le... 
Heidelberg eyes expansion through a... 
Another human rights activist kidna... 
N-E students' union takes to street... 
Two women from Andhra turned away b... 
Himachal Cabinet recommends winter ... 
High stakes for Congress in Karnata... 
Miracle that AIADMK government surv...