Digital Desk, United Nations. UN humanitarians said hostilities, an economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have made the already dire situation of civilians in northwestern Syria even more difficult. There were reports of hostilities in northwestern Syria throughout September, with almost daily reports of airstrikes and violence on the frontline in southern Idlib, Xinhua news agency quoted the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as saying.
The United Nations is also deeply concerned about a spike in COVID-19 cases, with more than 1,000 people testing positive per day in northwestern Syria. The OCHA said the total number of positive cases increased by 170 percent in the last month alone, or more than 71,715 cases. On top of severe oxygen shortages, limited equipment to test for COVID-19 remains a problem. In addition, warns that less than 3 percent of the population in the Northwest is vaccinated. With 1.6 million people living in overcrowded camps, the spread of COVID-19 will further tax an overloaded system.
In addition, 97 percent of the population in northwestern Syria lives in extreme poverty, relying on humanitarian aid for food, medicine and other basic services. Through cross-border mechanisms from Turkey, the United Nations is providing assistance to millions of people every month, including the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. The OCHA said the first cross-line convoy carried aid from Damascus to World Food Program warehouses in northwest Syria in late August, but more is needed. The funding gap is limiting the distribution of humanitarian aid, with nearly two-thirds of the $513 million needed for life-saving assistance not being received.
The United Nations continues to call on all parties to implement their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and calls on all Member States to continue and increase their generous donations to those in need throughout Syria. does.