Food, blankets and hygiene kits are on their way to some 2,000 families in the Tartus governorate that have been displaced by fighting in Syria.
The United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Coooperation visited the governorates of Aleppo, Ar-Raqqah, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor, Hama, Homs, Idlib, Latakia, Damascus and Tartus during an assessment mission led by the Syrian government. Their findings, released Thursday (March 29), reveal that at least 1 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Following the mission, Syria’s deputy minister of foreign affairs has approved the delivery of basic needs, such as food and hygiene kits, in coordination with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The mission said aid priorities include food, medical assistance, and nonfood items such as beddings and household essentials.
The humanitarian situation in Syria is of great concern to the international community. The United Nations estimates about 9,000 people have been killed in the country since the uprising.
On Tuesday (March 27), Syrian President Bashar Assad accepted U.N.-Arab league special envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan for Syria, which includes a daily two-hour humanitarian ceasefire. But the international community doubts Assad will honor his commitments. U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said Assad’s regime needs to convince a “skeptical world and a wounded Syrian people,” says BBC.
Assad said Thursday the peace plan will not work unless foreign funding to the opposition ends, Reuters reports.
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