Syria: Political stalemate and violence fuel humanitarian crisis

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Syria: escalation of violence and a lack of political resolution

As reported by UN News, after 13 years of conflict in Syria, the political stalemate risks prolonging the suffering of millions of people and hampering efforts to achieve peace. 
As suggested by UN Security Council Ambassador Geir Pedersen, a political resolution is needed following the recent increase in violence, especially the escalation of air strikes and clashes between armed groups. 

More than 16.7 million people, including seven million displaced persons, need humanitarian assistance, and more than half of the civilian population requires food aid. The lack of resources worries the UN, which had to reduce its emergency food aid programmes from three to one million people per month.

The UN senior humanitarian official emphasised the need to respect international humanitarian law and to protect civilians and reiterated the need to assist the Syrian population by all available means, including by increasing funding for aid programs.
The presence of foreign armies in Syrian territory has raised fears of a possible fragmentation and destabilization of the country, exacerbating an already difficult humanitarian crisis that has gripped the nation for a decade.

According to Albawaba, the airstrikes exacerbated tensions and raised concerns about civilian casualties after a dawn raid on 26 March. In the Deir ez-Zor area, seven Syrian soldiers and one civilian lost their lives in a US bombing raid targeting several towns, villages, and military sites in the eastern Syria region.

The UN calls for a renewed and genuine commitment to a political solution to end the conflict, in the hope that the Syrian people will be able to celebrate Ramadan peacefully next year.

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