“The growing humanitarian needs in Syria are exceeing our ability to respond,” said the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock.
This came in the UN Security Council session that was held via a television circle on the humanitarian and political developments of the Syrian crisis.
“The increasing humanitarian needs in Syria are outpacing our ability to respond,” Lowcock added.
Lowcock emphasized, “Every month, cross-border operations reach about 2.4 million people, who depend on them for food, medicine, shelter and other vital supplies, and failure to extend the mandate (for the UN Cross-border aid mechanism to Syria) would cut this lifeline.”
The Security Council adopted a resolution and in July 2020, the UN cross-border aid mechanism to Syria was extended from one crossing (Gilo Gozo opposite the Bab al-Hawa crossing from the Syrian side) on the Turkish border for a year.
Lowcock pointed out that “millions of people in northwestern Syria are still under pressure at the border in an active war zone, and they depend on aid that is delivered across the border from Turkey.”
He stressed that “Hospitals in Damascus, including intensive care units, are now full, and in northern Syria, new cases have been confirmed in displacement camps, including Al-Hol and Al-Rouj camps, both of which lack the necessary resources to treat patients infected with the virus.”
In March 2011, popular protests erupted in Syria calling for an end to more than 49 years of rule by the “Assad family” and the peaceful rotation of power, but the regime resorted to the military option against peaceful protesters, which plunged the country into a cycle of war and a deteriorating humanitarian situation.