(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) New York, Oct. 31(Petra) --The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) late Monday held a session on the humanitarian situation in Syria, during which Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock briefed the council's members on this issue.
Mark Lowcock expressed deep worry about the impact of fighting and airstrikes on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Raqqa governorate, with scores of civilians reportedly killed in recent months."Further to the east, in Deir Ez-Zor governate, heavy fighting and airstrikes continue to result in civil deaths and injuries and large-scale displacement ," he said.
He noted that the humanitarian access to eastern Ghouta – one of the four de-escalated areas where nearly 95 per cent of Syria's besieged population lives – has been severely curtailed for months.
Overall, he said that more than 13 million people inside Syria still need humanitarian assistance, noting that 6.3 million of them are exceptionally vulnerable and in acute need because of displacement, hostilities, and limited access to basic goods and services.
"Conflict and violations of international humanitarian law continue to be the principal drivers of humanitarian need, with civilians in many parts of the country enduring massive suffering," the UN official pointed out.
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