Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

3.5 million Syrians need aid: UN chief  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 27/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the Security Council to take urgent action to ensure 3.5 million people cut off by fighting in Syria have access to food, water and medical help.

Ban Ki-moon said the blocking of humanitarian supplies represented "flagrant violations of the basic principles of international law".

He said both sides in the war were responsible for hampering access to life-saving assistance, but his report to the UN Security Council said that more than 80 percent of the nearly quarter of a million people in the worst conditions, totally cut off from help, were in areas besieged by government forces. These included as the old centre of Homs, Madamiyet Elsham, Eastern Ghouta, Darayya and Yarmouk. About 45,000 people are in areas besieged by opposition forces in Nubul and Zahra.

Ban pointed out that two months after the Security Council passed a resolution demanding humanitarian access to the war's victims, "none of the parties to the conflict have adhered to the demands of the council. Civilians are not being protected. The security situation is deteriorating and humanitarian access to those most in need is not improving."

He said medicine was being routinely denied to those who needed them, including tens of thousands of women, children and older people. "The security council must take action to deal with these flagrant violations of the basic principles of international law."

Ban, however, did not stipulate what action the Council should take. The body is deadlocked by disagreements between Russia and the western powers, now exacerbated by the freeze in relations over Ukraine.

The head of Save the Children, Justin Forsyth, said that with millions of people cut off from outside help "we are witnessing the kind of horrors never thought possible in 2014: Children starving to death, operations without anaesthetic, injuries from explosive weapons left untreated".

"To deny access to food and medicine in this way is a grave violation of international law by all parties in Syria, effectively a war crime," he said. "It's vital that the UN and other humanitarian agencies are able to reach children in need wherever they are in government or opposition held areas, across borders and across conflict lines."

The UN estimates that more than 9 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance within Syria, of which more than 6 million have been forced out of their homes by the fighting. The 3.5 million people classed as hard to reach are scattered across 262 locations, of which aid convoys have only managed to reach 34. On top of that there are 2.4 million Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.

On Wednesday, the heads of the UN's five main humanitarian agencies said that the appeal for national donations to the emergency Syria appeal had gone largely unanswered.


The Peninsula

  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 9 2015 - Qatar- QSE falls 34 points, bullish phase continuesGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Qatar Stock Exchange failed to surpass the 11,800 mark as its key index lost 34 points, after being in a bullish phase for the last three consecutive sessions.Consumer goods, ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Saudi said to order spend curbs amid oil price slumpGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Saudi Arabia is ordering a series of cost-cutting measures as the slide in oil prices weighs on the kingdom's budget, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.The ...

 Oct 9 2015 - KSA- SABB Q3 profit rises 7.7% to $304mnGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Saudi British Bank (SABB), the kingdom's fifth-largest bank by assets, posted a 7.7% rise in third-quarter net profit yesterday, in line with analyst forecasts. The bank, an ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Qatar wealth fund said interested in Glencore agriculture unit saleGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The sovereign wealth fund of Qatar has joined investors expressing an interest in buying a minority stake in Glencore's agriculture business, according to three people familiar ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Almost 300 Europe-bound migrants arrested in LibyaGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Libyan authorities said almost 300 migrants, a third of them from Senegal, were arrested Thursday as they prepared to board boats for the Mediterranean crossing to Europe."After ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Netanyahu moves to lower tensions over holy siteGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned Israeli cabinet ministers and legislators from visiting a sensitive Jerusalem holy site where rising tensions have spilled over into ...

 Oct 9 2015 - France carries out fresh strikes against IS in SyriaGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) France said on Friday it had carried out a second wave of strikes overnight on Islamic State targets in Syria and accused Russia of failing to target the group."Two Rafale jets ...

 Oct 9 2015 - UN envoy proposes Libya unity governmentGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) UN envoy Bernardino Leon proposed a Libyan unity government on Friday aimed at ending years of conflict, but the plan was quickly dismissed by members of the country's two rival ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Tunisian dialogue mediators win Nobel Peace PrizeGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for building democracy in the country after the 2011 revolution which unleashed the Arab Spring.The award ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Four Arabs stabbed in southern Israel, Jewish suspect heldGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Four Arabs were stabbed in a town in southern Israel on Friday and a Jewish suspect was arrested, police said. The attacks follow a surge in knife violence by Palestinians ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help