UN: Ceasefire collapse in northwest Syria threatens millions

Orient Net 2019-08-09 07:09:00

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The humanitarian adviser to UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen on Thursday (August 8) regretted the collapse of a ceasefire in the northwest, saying that fresh violence threatens the lives of millions after more than 500 civilians were killed since late April.

Najat Rochdi, senior humanitarian adviser to Pedersen, noted the agreement between the United States and Turkey deal announced on Wednesday to set up “safe zone” in northeast Syria.

“Humanitarian actors are increasingly concerned by statements suggesting a possible military intervention, which would have severe humanitarian consequences in an area that has already witnessed years of military activity, displacement, droughts and floods,” she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, British foreign minister Dominic Raab criticized Bashar Assad for resuming military operations in a Russian-led campaign in northwest Syria, describing the situation there as “appalling.”

“Appalled by situation in Idlib and how Assad backed by Russia revoked a ‘conditional’ ceasefire just days after announcing it - a repeated pattern of behavior,” Raab said on Twitter.

“Attacks on civilian targets are a violation of international humanitarian law – this must stop.”

Assad and Russian bombing campaign has killed at least 1000 civilians since it was launched on Idlib and its countryside on the 30th of April, according to the White Helmets volunteers.