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As temperatures soar and taps run dry in war-ravaged Aleppo, UN warns of looming ‘catastrophe’

New York, Aug 10 (Just Earth News): As the United Nations relief wing warned on Tuesday that soaring temperatures and dwindling medical supplies are deepening the woes of some two million people trapped by fighting in and around Aleppo, the world body kept up its call for an immediate halt to the hostilities and, at a minimum, a two-day weekly humanitarian pause so the city’s heavily damaged water and electrical systems can be repaired.

As water and basic supplies run out in Aleppo, UN urges truce to provide humanitarian assistance

New York, Aug 9 (Just Earth News): With more than two million people impacted by the fighting in and around war-ravaged Aleppo, where wide swaths of the area are now without power and water supplies are dwindling, the United Nations on Monday urgently called for a humanitarian pause in the hostilities to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks, and provide assistance to people in need.

Aid agencies ready to help ease suffering in 'iconic' Aleppo, once truce is secured – UN envoy

New York, Aug 5 (Just Earth News): As fighting in and around battle-scarred Aleppo intensifies, along with diplomatic efforts to secure a truce, United Nations agencies and their partners are “ready, willing and able” to rush aid to the desperate people trapped there, a senior UN envoy said on Thursday, stressing that a humanitarian pause is critical, both to allow relief workers to enter the area, and for civilians to leave voluntary.

UN envoy cites urgent need to establish 48 hour pause for humanitarian access to Aleppo

New York, July 30 (Just Earth News):As the humanitarian crisis reaches distressing levels in Syria, particularly in and around battle-torn Aleppo, the United Nations envoy for the country welcomed on Fridayinitiatives aimed at assisting the civilian population trapped amid the fighting and, “under the right circumstances,” the implementation of humanitarian corridors.

Proposed humanitarian corridors in Aleppo must be guaranteed by all sides, says UN relief chief

New York, July 29 (Just Earth News): Amid reports that Aleppo is ‘de facto besieged,’ as the war-battered city is now almost completely encircled by Syrian troops, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator on Thursday reiterated his demand for safe, regular and sustained access to the quarter of a million people trapped behind the front lines, and stressed that “all options must be considered.”

Syria: UN aid chief calls for weekly, 48-hour humanitarian truce in Aleppo

New York, July 26 (Just Earth News): Citing the alarming humanitarian conditions across Syria, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator on Monday urged fresh momentum and action to protect civilians and ensure sustained aid access “before it's too late,” including through the establishment of a weekly, 48-hour pause of the fighting in eastern Aleppo, where food supplies are expected to run out next month.

Senior UN relief officials express concern over Syrians trapped by fighting in northern Aleppo

New York, June 1 (Just Earth News): Two United Nations humanitarian officials expressed deep concerned over the fate of an estimated 8,000 Syrians trapped by fighting around the towns of Mare’a and Sheikh Issa in northern Aleppo Governorate following advances in the past three days by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) into areas controlled by non-State armed groups.