Shelter “urgently needed for displaced from Syria’s Aleppo” (Podcast)


UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said the UN is boosting its presence in western Aleppo. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré


Some 30,000 people who fled fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo in recent days are getting humanitarian aid, but hundreds of thousands more need help, the UN has warned.

Speaking in Geneva on Thursday, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said that 400,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in Aleppo so far.

In eastern Aleppo, humanitarian workers are still unable to reach those where opposition forces remain.

Daniel Johnson has more.

UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters a significant threshold has been reached regarding the number of people internally displaced by the violence – otherwise known as IDPs:

“Today in Aleppo there are 400,000 IDPs, 400,000, can you imagine, this is basically the equivalent of Syrian refugees in all of Europe.”

The latest influx of around 30,000 people to government-held western Aleppo and the Kurdish-controlled city of Al-Qamishli comes amid an upsurge in violence in recent weeks.

These new arrivals are now receiving aid from the United Nations and partners.
In addition, Mr de Mistura said that the UN is moving what he called a “substantive team” into Aleppo to help with aid delivery, but also to prevent against “mishandling” of the displaced as they move across the front line.

On Wednesday, the UN’s humanitarian chief warned that Aleppo risked becoming “one giant graveyard.”

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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