But Valerie Amos told the U.N. Security Council that the delivery of support from Turkey and Jordan to rebel-held regions in Syria without government approval has “made a difference.” Valerie encouraged the council to expand the authority for cross border assistance which expires on Jan. 9.
Amos painted a black image of the worsening situation in Syria: a 40 percent contraction in the market since 2011, three quarters of the populace living in poverty, a 50 percent fall in school attendance, and 7.6 million people displaced inside the state and 3.2 million who’ve fled to other states ? The biggest displacement in almost any battle.
Amos’ briefing followed the launch Tuesday of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s report to the council on execution of the July 14 resolution authorizing cross border delivery of assistance to Syrians in rebel-held regions through four crossings in three states without government acceptance. One crossing from Iraq commanded by extremists has never been used.
Amos said that since the adoption of the resolution, and mainly through cross border deliveries, the U.N. has gotten support to almost all difficult-to-reach places in four governorates? Aleppo, Idlib, Daraa, and Quneitra? Which is the reason why it needs to be revived.
Australia’s U.N. Ambassador Gary Quinlan told reporters after closed council consultations that Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg strategy to draft a resolution expanding the cross border operation for 12 months.
According to Ban’s report, the U.N. and its partners have reached an average of 66 difficult to reach places per month since the resolution’s adoption compared with an average of 38 per month in the four months leading up to the vote.
Amos stressed, nevertheless that the U.N. is still falling short in meeting humanitarian needs in Syria, particularly in getting help to the 212,000 individuals in besieged places? 185,500 in government-controlled regions and 26,500 in resistance-held regions.
She encouraged the council contain medical supplies in convoys, keep pushing for a political answer and call on Syria to reduce red tape and to call for the lifting of sieges. She additionally urged donors to finance the growing humanitarian demands.
In the report, the secretary-general accused of targeting civilian areas, the government and opposition and lamented the growing numbers of individuals killed, injured and in need of help.
Ban said the Islamic State terrorist group, which commands a sizable swath of Syria, should be conquered. However, he expressed concern ” that a military campaign alone could cause additional radicalization and start a cycle of renewed violence” ? And that groups on all sides ” are benefiting from the deteriorating security and government environment.”
The report said airstrikes by a global coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria have taken place on a near-daily basis, ” with reports of some 865 individuals killed, including 50 civilians.”