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UNICEF: Lives of Children at Risk amid Heavy Fighting and Floods in Northwest Syria

Published : 06-01-2019

UNICEF: Lives of Children at Risk amid Heavy Fighting and Floods in Northwest Syria

UNICEF has said that children continue to pay the heaviest price due to the escalation in violence in northwest Syria.

The UN agency said it received alarming reports of 80 people killed, including one child.

Many families are fleeing their homes as conflict intensifies, with no place to go but to already overcrowded camps hosting displaced families, reported UNICEF.

Floods swept through the area on 26 December, affecting nearly 10,000 children in Atmeh, Qah, Deir Ballut, Albab, Jisr Ashughur among other areas. Exposed to harsh winter weather and freezing temperature conditions, children’s lives are hanging by a thread, added UNICEF.

The number of impacted children will increase if fighting continues and as more heavy rain is expected. Many of those children have been displaced, some multiple times.

“The suffering of children in northwest Syria has tripled due to this recent escalation of violence, harsh weather conditions and lack of safe refuge. UNICEF calls on all parties fighting in the area and elsewhere in Syria to protect children at all times and allow humanitarian workers to reach children and families in need with lifesaving supplies” said Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director of UNICEF in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sometime earlier, an AGPS news corespondet said a civilian was killed and several others injured, including six children, in a shoutout between Tahrir AlSham and the National Front for Liberation in Deir Ballout Camp, north of Syria.

Nearly 600 displaced families, among them 325 Palestinian families, have been struggling for survival in the poorly-equipped Deir Ballout Camp, after they were forced out of Yarmouk Camp and southern Damascus towns.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8133

UNICEF has said that children continue to pay the heaviest price due to the escalation in violence in northwest Syria.

The UN agency said it received alarming reports of 80 people killed, including one child.

Many families are fleeing their homes as conflict intensifies, with no place to go but to already overcrowded camps hosting displaced families, reported UNICEF.

Floods swept through the area on 26 December, affecting nearly 10,000 children in Atmeh, Qah, Deir Ballut, Albab, Jisr Ashughur among other areas. Exposed to harsh winter weather and freezing temperature conditions, children’s lives are hanging by a thread, added UNICEF.

The number of impacted children will increase if fighting continues and as more heavy rain is expected. Many of those children have been displaced, some multiple times.

“The suffering of children in northwest Syria has tripled due to this recent escalation of violence, harsh weather conditions and lack of safe refuge. UNICEF calls on all parties fighting in the area and elsewhere in Syria to protect children at all times and allow humanitarian workers to reach children and families in need with lifesaving supplies” said Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director of UNICEF in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sometime earlier, an AGPS news corespondet said a civilian was killed and several others injured, including six children, in a shoutout between Tahrir AlSham and the National Front for Liberation in Deir Ballout Camp, north of Syria.

Nearly 600 displaced families, among them 325 Palestinian families, have been struggling for survival in the poorly-equipped Deir Ballout Camp, after they were forced out of Yarmouk Camp and southern Damascus towns.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/8133