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About 9.3 Million Syrians In Need Of Help – UN
The United Nations, UN, estimates that around 9.3 million people in Syria, about 40 percent of the population,ww need humanitarian assistance due to the country’s two and half year civil war.
The population of Syria is around 23 million.
The UN humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, told the Security Council that the humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly.
“The number of people we estimate to be in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria has now risen to some 9.3 million. Of them, 6.5 million people are displaced from their homes, within the country,” Amanda Pitt Amos, spokeswoman said.
Amos urged the council for help in the protection of civilians and civilian facilities, safe passage of medical personnel and supplies, safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance.
Her 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 10 of them, and experts say it could spread quickly across the region.
Last month Amos demanded stronger action by the Security Council to get desperately needed aid into Syria, where millions of people in need have not received any help for almost a year.
Violence and excessive red tape have slowed aid delivery to a trickle in Syria. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the civil war and millions have fled the country.
After months of talks, the 15-member Security Council approved a non-binding statement on October 2 urging increased humanitarian access, but Amos has complained that that statement has had little impact on the ground.
Western diplomats say they would like the council to adopt a legally binding resolution but worry Russia would veto it.
Senior U.N. diplomats say that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov previously dismissed the possibility of a legally binding resolution on aid access in Syria.
Russia, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and China have vetoed three Security Council resolutions since October 2011 that would have condemned the government and threatened it with sanctions.