With the Syrian war focusing on last opposition-held stronghold, UN’s emergency relief coordinator has warned world powers should act to prevent the continued violence could create the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century.
American news agency AP cited the address of Mark Lowcock, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, to the UN Security Council members.
«There is no refuge for the people of Idlib,» Lowcock underscored. «Hundreds of them have been killed, hundreds more injured, 440,000 of them displaced, but there is nowhere else for them to go.»
He noted that the major powers have ignored previous pleas to stop the bombing and shelling in Idlib province by Syrian and Russian warplanes and «done nothing for 90 days as the carnage continues in front of your eyes.»
The Security Council has been deeply divided over the Syrian civil war since it broke out in 2011, with Russia supporting the government and Western nations supporting the opposition. The situation amplified by Russia and other permenent members having veto rights has kept the UN’s most powerful institution from taking any significant action.