United Nations, Feb. 14, 2018 (Xinhua/NAN) UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Wednesday stressed the need for the immediate de-escalation of violence in Syria.
“This is as violent and worrying and dangerous a moment as any that I have seen in my time as special envoy.
“I strongly reiterate the appeal of the UN secretary-general to all concerned in Syria and the region and beyond to de-escalate immediately and unconditionally,’’ de Mistura told the Security Council.
He also urged all stakeholders to use their influence to help reduce violence.
“There has been a gradual return to back-and-forth competition over territory in Idlib and Hama provinces, and heavy and sustained airstrikes across the northwest and in besieged eastern Ghouta,’’ he said.
Civilians have been killed on a horrific scale and strikes have continued to hit hospitals, schools and markets.
According to him, reports suggest more than 1,000 civilians died in the first week of February alone.
“There have been several allegations of chemical weapons attacks in Ghouta and Idlib, and in the Afrin district on the border with Turkey.
“Although, those allegations cannot be verified as there is no independent investigation, they are extremely worrisome.
“At least 320,000 people have been displaced due to fighting in Idlib in just two months, an area that is already hosting more than 1.2 million internally displaced people,’’ de Mistura said. (Xinhua/NAN)
Edited by Abiodun Oluleye/Ese E. Ekama
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