Humanitarian crisis in Syria at its highest level since 2011 conflict – UN report


At least 14.6 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian aid, up from 13.4 million last year, more than a decade into a devastating civil war, the UN’s humanitarian agency OCHA said in a report.

The report said, the conflict in Syria is estimated to have killed nearly half a million people and displaced millions more since it began with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests in 2011.

The UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria conflict, Mark Cutts said: “Suffering in Syria is at its highest level since the crisis began.”

“The UN and its partners are reaching 7 million people every month, but more support is required,” Mr. Cutts said in a post on Twitter.

The country is also grappling with an economic crisis compounded by Western sanctions, the Covid-19 pandemic and a sharp fall in the value of the Syrian pound.

Over three quarters of house- holds — 76% — are unable to meet their most basic needs, an increase of 10 percent from last year, OCHA said.

Syria’s internally displaced population makes up 37% of the people requiring humanitarian assistance, the report said.

People who have never been displaced or who returned to their place of origin before January 2021, are also increasingly unable to meet basic needs, OCHA said, calling it an “indication” of the growing scale of the crisis.

In 2021, 9.2 million vulnerable residents were estimated to be in need, according to OCHA. (Source: Arab News)