UN humanitarian alert, 1.8 million people need help in the Northeast

Najat Rochdi, the humanitarian advisor of the special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, has warned that there are already 1.8 million people who need humanitarian aid since Turkey launched his offensive in early October in the northeastern Syria to evict Syrian Kurdish militias and the Islamic State from the border area.

"The security and protection of thousands of civilians affected by the recent escalation of hostilities in northeastern Syria remains a serious concern"Rochdi said during a meeting in which he has informed the situation in the north of the country to the International Syria Support Group (ISSG).

According to Rochdi, although the wave of violence has diminished in recent weeks, clashes continue in some areas. "Since October 9, the UN has received reports of dozens of civilian deaths, as well as a growing number of wounded, many of them due to the explosion of improvised artifacts.", he said.

In this regard, he has denounced that in total 710,000 people have been forced to move since the beginning of the operation ‘Peace Spring ’ and has pointed out how Only two of the 16 public hospitals are fully functioning in the area.

"Of the more than 200,000 people who have left the area in recent weeks, at least 100,000 have not yet been able to return to their homes, so they are in shelters and displaced persons camps", pick up the text.

The United Nations, which stressed that humanitarian actors continue to mobilize and offer assistance to those affected where access is possible, has urged the parties involved to facilitate the protection of civilians and increase access to humanitarian agencies.

Rochdi has also analyzed the situation in the Rukban camp, located in the border area with Jordan, in the south of the country. Since March, more than 18,300 people have left the area.

"The UN has received positive signals of significant departures … and has requested authorizations to access shelters in Homs to support those who have already left Rukban," he said.