Syria: UN Refugee Agency ‘Gravely Concerned’ by Attacks on Civilians, Internally Displaced Persons

Children prepare a fire for cooking in Aleppo city, Syria. As of 2 August 2016, children are again facing terrible threats from new intense attacks and fighting in the western parts of the city. Photo: UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa

GENEVA–(ENEWSPF)–11 August 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has expressed grave concern at the dire situation of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo and at attacks on internally displaced people (IDP) settlements in its Idleb Governorate.

Over the last 10 days, IDP settlements in Idleb have suffered a series of attacks, as have other IDP settlements and civilians elsewhere in the country, resulting in civilian casualties and further displacement, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted in press release today.

“The attacks indicate a shocking disregard for civilian life,” the agency said in the press release, calling for “a durable and sustainable solution to this conflict.”

Drawing attention to the situation in Aleppo city, the agency also urged all parties to the conflict in Syria, “To ensure, first and foremost, the safety and dignity of civilians, including families and vulnerable groups trapped in Aleppo city who are facing constant bombardment, violence, and displacement.”

Underscoring the importance of allowing access to safety, and respect for the civilian and humanitarian character of IDP settlements, UNHCR reiterated its call for ensuring the protection of civilians based on international humanitarian law, international refugee law, and human rights law.