Refugees Increasingly Increasing, UN Overcome Problems in Idlib
Refugees Increasingly Increasing – Aid operations in northeastern Syria are being overwhelmed, when the number of people displaced by government offensive actions on Idlib is increasing, the United Nations said on Monday 17 January 2020.
Since early December, 900,000 people have been forced to flee, most of whom are women and children.
Reporting from the BBC , Tuesday (2/18/2020), the UN added that health facilities and schools were targeted by attack operations.
The warning came when President Bashar al-Assad promised to continue military operations in northern Syria.
“The battle for the liberation of the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib continues,” he said, after his troops made new progress over the weekend.
In a statement Monday, the UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, warned that “the greatest humanitarian horror story of the 21st century” can only be avoided by a ceasefire.
Infants and young children are said to suffer from cold. In addition, many people are forced to sleep outside in very cold temperatures because the camps are full and no longer able to accommodate more people.
Lowcock said violence in the region was indiscriminate and basic infrastructure was targeted.
“We have now received reports that settlements for displaced people have been affected, which has subsequently resulted in deaths, injuries and further displacement,” he added.
He said major aid operations managed from across the border in Turkey were being overwhelmed.
Before the conflict began in 2011, Idlib was home to around 1.5 million people. However, this number has doubled because the Syrian government is taking back opposition areas elsewhere in the country.
The province is a major stronghold controlled by rebels in Syria, but the advancement of Syrian government forces, supported by Russian troops and Iran-backed militias, has placed further pressure on displaced populations.
Turkey, which supports many rebel groups in the province, has also closed its border with Syria.