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Failure in Syria not humanitarian but political, says senior UN relief official

New York, Jan 27 (Just Earth News/IBNS): Senior United Nations relief officials working on the front lines of the conflict in Syria stressed on Tuesdaythat only a political solution will end the five-year war, insisting that humanitarians have been doing all that they can to assist millions of desperate people who have lost nearly everything and are "now beginning to lose hope that the world cares."

Delayed intra-Syrian talks, brokered by UN, to begin on Friday in 'uphill' bid for ceasefire

New York, Jan 26 (Just Earth News/IBNS): Intra-Syrian talks that were scheduled to begin in Geneva on Monday under United Nations sponsorship will now start on Friday, with the first priority being a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Syria: UN agencies and 120 humanitarian organizations call for action now

New York, Jan 22 (Just Earth News/IBNS): Outlining a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria, more than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal on Thursday urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis.

'Sharply deteriorating conditions' in besieged areas of Syria, UN agencies report

New York, Jan 19 (Just Earth News/IBNS): United Nations humanitarian agencies expressed concern on Monday that an estimated 200,000 people are facing “sharply deteriorating conditions” in the besieged western side of Deir-Ez-Zor city in Syria, while the top UN relief official stressed that the world body continues to act "impartially, neutrally and independently" to reach people in need throughout the country.

You cannot let more people die on your watch in Syria: Deputy UN relief chief

New York, Jan 16 (Just Earth News/IBNS): With hundreds of thousands of Syrians living in a "nightmarish reality dictated by a conflict that respects few rules and obeys no laws," the United Nations deputy humanitarian chief told the members of the UN Security Council on Friday that they cannot let more people "die on their watch."

Syria: UN officials give first-hand accounts of horrible desperation in besieged towns

New York, Jan 13 (Just Earth News/IBNS): As United Nations officials gave on-site accounts of the "horrible and terrible" situation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, from 400 critically ill people facing death without immediate medical care to a kilo of rice costing $300, the first emergency evacuation took place today – a five-year-old girl rushed through pro-Government roadblocks for urgent surgery in Damascus.

Russia raids on Syria kills 57

Beirut, Jan 10 (IBNS) At least 57 people were killed as Russian warplanes targeted with missiles the Administrative Court of Jabhat Al-Nusra in Syrian city Maarrat al-Nu’man, a monitor said on Sunday.

Calling state of besieged Syrian town 'horrendous,' UN seeks humanitarian access

New York, Jan 9 (Just Earth News/IBNS): As the United Nations and its partners struggled on Friday to gain humanitarian access to the Government-beseiged Syrian city of Madaya, amid reports of people starving to death or being killed while trying to leave, UN officials called the situation "horrendous…ghastly," and a potential war crime.

Syria: UN condemns archaeological destruction at Bosra

New York, Dec 26 (Just Earth News/IBNS): The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday condemned the destruction of parts of the ancient Syrian city of Bosra in fighting two days ago, alerting the world art market to potential trafficking in artefacts from the World Heritage site.

Syria: UN condemns archaeological destruction at major World Heritage site of Bosra

New York, Dec 25 (Just Earth News/IBNS) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Thursday condemned the destruction of parts of the ancient Syrian city of Bosra in fighting two days ago, alerting the world art market to potential trafficking in artefacts from the World Heritage site.

Syria: Senior UN officials paint grim picture as Government, allies reportedly attack hospitals

New York, Dec 22 (Just Earth News/IBNS)Hospitals, markets and bakeries have been hit, scores of civilians are killed and injured almost daily, and doctors themselves have become targets in escalating fighting and airstrikes in Syria, reportedly by the Government and its allies, a senior United Nations relief official reported on Monday, voicing outrage.

In first political resolution on war-torn Syria, Security Council gives UN major role in seeking peace

New York, Dec 19 (Just Earth News/IBNS) In its first resolution to focus on the politics of ending Syria’s five-year-long war, the Security Council on Friday gave the United Nations an enhanced role in shepherding the opposing sides to talks for a political transition, with a timetable for a ceasefire, a new constitution and elections, all under UN auspices.

Syria: UN chief meets with international partners on resolving crisis

New York, Dec 19 (Just Earth News/IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday joined diplomats from the International Syria Support Group meeting in New York to discuss a solution to the country’s five-year war, and he is expected to brief the Security Council later on Friday on the latest developments.

Syria: UN envoy cites possibility of ceasefire, future political framework to end conflict

New York, Nov 20 (Just Earth News/IBNS): After briefing an informal session of the United Nations General Assembly about the "deliverables" that had come out of the recent international talks in Vienna on the Syria crisis, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura on Thursday indicated the possibility of a ceasefire in the war-torn country, through continued discussions and with active inclusion of all parties involved in the conflict.

Status quo simply cannot continue in Syria: UN humanitarian chief

New York, Nov 17 (Just Earth News/IBNS): More than five years since the unrest in Syria began, senior United Nations officials on Monday stressed to the Security Council that the status quo in the war-torn country cannot continue, highlighting the effects of the conflict on civilians, especially women and children.