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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 09:39

Humanitarian chiefs warn ‘Idlib on the brink of a nightmare’

The heads of 11 global humanitarian organizations warned that the embattled rebel-held province of Idlib in Syria, stands on the brink of disaster, with three million civilian lives at risk, including one million children.

In a direct video address to launch a worldwide campaign in solidarity with civilians trapped there, dubbed #TheWorldIsWatching, the humanitarian leaders said that they face the constant threat of violence.

“Idlib is on the brink of a humanitarian nightmare unlike anything we have seen this century”, they warned.

UN relief chief and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said innocent civilians are paying the price for the political failure to stop the violence.

A huge influx of civilians - many displaced by fighting during urban offensives in places such as Aleppo and eastern Ghouta – has seen the north-western Governorate double in population since 2015.

At least 330,000 have been forced to seek shelter elsewhere within the region, during the huge uptick in violence of the past two months. Many of them have nowhere left to run.

In Rukban camp around 27,000 displaced civilians still lacked the most basic services, in dire need of assistance.

Gier Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, urged the Security Council to “work at the highest level to stabilize the situation in Idleb” as the guarantors of the de-confliction zone in and around Idlib, set up last September.

Mr Pedersen told the Council that both Syria and Russia “have reassured me that they remain committed” to the Memorandum of Understanding and had set up a working group.

“We must see this assurance reflected on the ground” said the Envoy, adding that he hoped Syria would be a main item for discussion at this weekend’s G20 Summit of nations, taking place in Japan.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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