U.N. Humanitarian Chief: Over one-third of Syrians need urgent help
Young Syrian refugees carrying shoe shine kits as they search for customers in a street in Beirutt. Seven million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid due to the conflict in Syria, a UN top official said. (Image credit: AFP)
The U.N.’s humanitarian chief urged on Saturday the need for helping civilians caught up in Syria’s civil conflict, also stressing the need for a political solution in the war-torn country.
Valerie Amos, the United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator told Al Arabiya television in an interview that she was “very worried” about the Syrian crisis which she said has resulted in almost 7 million people (one-third of the country’s population) “in urgent need of help and support.”
“Hundreds of people are dying each day, people are fleeing across the border because of the difficult circumstances inside of the country,” said Amos.
“There are places we are not able to get where we know people are in urgent need of help and support,” added Amos, stating the need of more capacity and funding for the U.N. to reach people in need.
Amos stated that a chemical weapons resolution in Syria would only help one aspect of the country's humanitarian crisis.
“The people who are dying as a result of the conventional warfare every single day, the horrific consequences of the brutality of the violence, the fragmentation that we’re seeing across the country, that’s not going to be dealt with by this chemical weapons resolution,” she said, adding that “the face of this crisis is very much the women and children.”
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