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NW Syria hostilities pose "grave risk" to civilians: UN

2020-02-13 03:41:35 GMT2020-02-13 11:41:35(Beijing Time) 

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Continuing hostilities in northwest Syria, including Idlib and Aleppo, pose grave risks to civilians in the region, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday.

UN Humanitarian workers said that about 1,710 civilians, including 337 women and 503 children, had already been killed in the region since the escalation began in April 2019, Dujarric told reporters at a regular briefing.

Asked what is being done about the problem, he said messages were being passed to all the parties by various channels at various levels. "Our central concern is for the people of northern Syria and for our ability to deliver humanitarian aid to them."

Citing the UN Human Rights office, he said that in the first 10 days of February, at least 85 civilians, including 20 women and 27 children, were killed, mostly in the Idlib "de-escalation area."

In January, he said, the UN Human Rights Office recorded at least 191 civilians, including 33 women and 67 children, were killed.

In May 2017, a de-escalation zone was established in Idlib as a result of the Astana talks, whose guarantors were Russia, Iran and Turkey.

In September 2018, Russia and Turkey brokered a stabilization memorandum for Idlib. But fighting continues to erupt in the province.

 

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