The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the UN Security Council that around 9.3 million people in Syria or about 40% of the population need humanitarian aid.”The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably,””The number of people we estimate to be in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria has now risen to some 9.3million,” said Amos spokeswoman Amanda Pitt, summarising Ms Amos’ remarks to the 15-nation council. “Of them, 6.5 million people are displaced from their homes, within the country.” That’s a big surge of 2 million more people than in September. Which means that since the international crisis prompted by the eastern Ghouta gas attack last August the situation in the war had worsened in the country for civilians trapped by the violence or sieged. A lot have happened during all this months without news from the battlefield, with the attention focused in the chemical weapons inspections and the diplomatic efforts, but the war continues with conventional weapons and old tactics like sieges of populations, abductions and kidnappings, causing every day new victims.And according to the UN humanitarian chief ifs very difficult to reach the persons in need “Amos continues to press the council for their help and influence over those parties who can ensure the protection of civilians and civilian facilities; the safe passage of medical personnel and supplies; the safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance; and can facilitate progress in expanding critical, life-saving relief operations,” Ms Pitt said. Ms Amos’ plea to the council follows the Syrian government’s promise on Monday to ensure delivery of vaccinations and humanitarian aid across the country, after an outbreak of polio in the Northeast and warnings of malnutrition in areas under military siege.
Twenty-two children in Deir al-Zor province bordering Iraq were left paralyzed last month. The polio virus has been confirmed so far in ten of them, and experts say it could spread quickly across the region.Meanwhile the efforts to convene a peace conference are in risk of another fail after the opposition insisted in Al Assad stepping down first, and Damascus insists Assad would stay. Also Russia is asking to invite Iran to the conference, something the opposition would not admit. The UN – Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is in Geneva talking with US and Russian diplomats trying to solve differences and convene the conference.
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Valerie Amos Baroness Amos