New York - The number of Syrians living under siege has grown by some 75,000 to total 592,700, UN aid chief, Stephen O'Brien, said Friday.
New York – The number of Syrians living under siege has grown by some 75,000 to total 592,700, UN aid chief, Stephen O’Brien, said Friday.
The new figure, up from 517,700, marks a further increase from a previous estimate of 486,700 people living in besieged areas, he told the Security Council via video-link from Geneva.
He said that the vast majority of them, some 452,700, are living under siege in the rural outskirts of Damascus, while 20,000 are besieged in the province of Idleb, 110,000 in Deir Ezzor (east) and 10,000 in the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in Damascus.
O’Brien also emphasized the need to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to populations in several remote areas.
The five-year-old civil war in Syria has killed at least 250,000 people. Millions have been displaced and many of those are now refugees living abroad.