Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 2-U.N. says around 350,0000 Syrians have fled Russian-led assault in Idlib


UPDATE 2-U.N. says around 350,0000 Syrians have fled Russian-led assault in Idlib
Representative image Image Credit: Twitter(@UNOCHA)

Around 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December, and have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey, the United Nations said on Thursday.

The humanitarian situation continued to deteriorate as a result of the "escalating" hostilities, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report. Russian jets and Syrian artillery have pounded towns and villages in recent weeks in a renewed assault backed by pro-Iranian militias and aimed at clearing the opposition.

"This latest wave of displacement compounds an already dire humanitarian situation on the ground in Idlib," David Swanson, Amman-based U.N. regional spokesman for Syria, told Reuters. Russian and Syrian jets resumed bombing of civilian areas in the opposition enclave two days after a ceasefire agreed between Turkey and Russia formally took effect on Sunday.

Karen AbuZayd, a U.N. war crimes investigator on Syria, told reporters in Geneva that many of the destroyed or closed schools in opposition-held areas were now being used as shelters for people fleeing the violence. The latest wave of displaced people comes on top of close to 400,000 people who fled earlier fighting for the safety of camps near the Turkish border, U.N. officials say.

Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told reporters on Thursday that many uprooted families now in makeshift camps were running short of food and water. The latest offensive has brought the Russian-steered military campaign closer to heavily populated parts of Idlib province, where nearly 3 million people are trapped, according to the United Nations.

Rescuers and residents said that on Thursday Russian and Syrian jets pounded the devastated city of Maarat al-Numan. It is one of the main urban centres in the province and lies on a main highway held by rebels. The army and Iranian-backed militias are advancing towards the city. Its capture would be a strategic gain in the current campaign whose goal is also to regain control of major trade arteries important to Syria's war-torn economy.

On Wednesday at least 21 civilians were killed in heavy aerial strikes, among them 19 people who died when bombs were dropped on a busy market place in the centre of Idlib city, the provincial capital.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

SDG13: How you can reduce global warming by changing your food habits

The mega narratives of various international organizations give the impression that fighting global warming is only a job of government agencies. However, the European Investment Bank EIB has designed a questionnaire which besides making th...

SDG2030: Challenges of technological applications in advancing Global Goals

Application of contemporary and future information technologies may go milestones in advancing sustainable development goals SDGs provided the challenges are overcome and implementation is ensured....

Sustainable Fashion: UNDP wants you to wear properly to reduce Global Warming 

The experts have estimated that the amount of water used to prepare one pair of jeans and a T shirt is sufficient for a person to drink for 13 years....

World Economic Forum suggests 8 Education Models for Future Schools

In a report released on January 14, the World Economic Forum WEF has also picked two examples for each model from throughout the world. The WEF has emphasized that these schools systems would be crucial for Forth Industrial Revolution.&#160...

Videos

Latest News

UPDATE 2-BBC's Hall to step down ahead of crunch funding talks with Britain

The BBCs most powerful man will step down in six months to allow a new person to lead negotiations with Prime Minister Boris Johnsons government over a new financing model for the publicly-funded broadcaster. BBC Director-General Tony Hall ...

MEDINEXUS - A National Medical Quiz Competition, Organized by LogIQuest

HYDERABAD, India, Jan. 20, 2020 PRNewswire -- MEDINEXUS - A National Medical Quiz Competition, is organized by LogIQuest- Kaplan in association with AMSA India. MEDINEXUS is a PAN-India event that gives an opportunity for the smartest medi...

Maruti launches Celerio with BS VI compliant petrol engine

The countrys largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India MSI on Monday said it has launched Celerio hatchback with BS VI compliant petrol engine, priced between Rs 4.41 lakh and Rs 5.72 lakh ex-showroom.The model is now priced between Rs 4.41 lakh...

Former policeman among 3 militants killed in gunfight with Indian troops

A former police officer was among three Islamist militants killed in a gunbattle with Indian troops in the disputed region of Kashmir on Monday, security officials said.They said Adil Bashir Sheikh, a former special police officer, stole a ...

Give Feedback