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Syria: humanitarian air drops ‘still in the planning stage’ – UN agency

New York, Feb 20 (Just Earth News/IBNS) Following a humanitarian breakthrough in delivering aid to a Syrian town inaccessible for more than 18 months, the United Nations food relief agency is now planning possible air-drops for 200,000 people in the Deir ez-Zor area besieged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL/Da’esh.

Syria: Civilians under relentless attack

New York, Feb 19 (IBNS) Civilians are under relentless attack in Syria’s five-year-old conflict, with 1.9 million people under siege, borders closed to refugees and rampant bombings of medical facilities and heavily populated areas, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned on Friday, calling on UN Security Council member states – specifically France, Russia, UK and US as active participants in the Syrian conflict – to abide by resolutions they have passed to halt the carnage and ensure that their allies are applying due protection of civilians and avoidance of conflict in or over civilian areas.

Syria: humanitarian air drops ‘very concrete proposal,’ says UN envoy

New York, Feb 19 (Just Earth News/IBNS) As United Nations inter-agency convoys completed the delivery of humanitarian aid to more than 80,000 Syrians in five besieged towns, the UN Special Envoy for Syria on Thursday said the idea of air drops to locations that have yet to be reached “has become a very concrete proposal.”

Syria: UN mediator intends to resume Geneva talks next week

New York, Feb 17 (Just Earth News/IBNS) After differences between Government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues forced a pause in the Intra-Syrian talks earlier this month, the United Nations envoy mediating the discussions has said he intends to resume them by 25 February, and earlier if possible, a UN spokesperson announced on Wednesday.

Syria: UN 'gravely concerned' over repeated attacks on hospitals, school

New York, Feb 17 (Just Earth News/IBNS) The United Nations human rights office on Tuesday expressed grave concern over airstrikes on Mondayin Syria that hit at least four hospitals and a school, reportedly killing more than 45 people and injuring dozens of others.

Syria: Russian aerial bombardment kills 5 civilians

Al-Herak, Feb 16 (IBNS) Russian airstrikes has targeted Al-Herak town in Syria which left five people killed, reports said.

Syria: for first time in months, UN agency delivers aid to residents of Yarmouk camp

New York, Feb 15 (Just Earth News/IBNS) The United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East has been able to deliver urgently needed humanitarian supplies to the civilian residents of the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk, on the outskirts Damascus, for the first time in nine months.

Syria: UN-backed task force seeks aid access to besieged areas 'without delay'

New York, Feb 13 (Just Earth News/IBNS) Following agreement late yesterday by diplomats meeting in Munich as part of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to work with Syrian parties to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities, a United Nations-backed task force met on Friday on quickly delivering aid to besieged towns and war-weary civilians in hard to reach areas across the country.

Syria: diplomats agree 'cessation of hostilities;' UN rights chief warns of dire situation in Aleppo

New York, Feb 12 (Just Earth News/IBNS) As the United Nations human rights chief warned on Thursday of “shocking” violence and abuses in and around the city of Aleppo and other parts of war-ravaged Syria, top-level diplomats meeting in Munich on ending the crisis agreed to work out the terms of nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in the coming week.

UN mediator suspends intra-Syrian talks for three weeks

New York, Feb 4 (Just Earth News/IBNS) Just two days after declaring the official start of delayed intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to end five years of bloody warfare, the United Nations mediator suspended them for three weeks on Wednesday following differences between Government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues.

Crucial UN aid reaches Syrian town cut off by fighting for three years

New York, Feb 4 (Just Earth News/IBNS) Working with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), the United Nations refugee agency has delivered crucial humanitarian aid to a rural town near Damascus that has been cut off by fighting for three years, stranding thousands of residents in dire conditions without clean water or fuel for warmth.

Syria: Ban condemns bombings in Damascus

New York, Feb 2 (Just Earth News/IBNS): In the wake of a "heinous" terrorist bombing outside Damascus on Sunday, which reportedly killed more than 60 people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged Syrian Government and opposition negotiators at UN-mediated talks in Geneva to "agree on immediate improvements to Syria’s dire humanitarian situation."

Syria: High Negotiations Committee arrives in Geneva where UN-mediated talks are under way

New York, Feb 1 (Just Earth News/IBNS): United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has met with the delegation of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) at their hotel in Geneva following their arrival last night in Geneva, where UN-mediated intra-Syrian talks began Friday after days of delays.

Syria: UN relief agencies amplify calls for access to besieged civilians

New York, Jan 30 (Just Earth News/IBNS): With United Nations-mediated talks on ending the five-year crisis in Syria getting under way today as scheduled, UN relief agencies and their partners are reiterating their appeal for unhindered access by relief workers to more than four million desperate people spread across 18 besieged areas in the war-torn country.

Besieged Syrians believe the world has forgotten them: UN relief chief

New York, Jan 28 (Just Earth News/IBNS): With United Nations-backed political talks on Syria set to begin later this week, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, on Wednesday urged the entire international community to get behind the process, which seeks to ease the suffering for millions of desperate people and end "one of the most savage and brutal conflicts of the 21st century."