Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

UNHCR chief calls Syrian situation 'terrifying'

(ANSAmed) - GENEVA, APRIL 18 - If the fighting in Syria
continues, by the end of the year the number of Syrians in need
of aid may rise to almost 10 million, half the overall
population, High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres
warned the UN Security Council on Thursday.

Over the past few weeks 400,000 refugees have fled Syria,
Guterres said, bringing the total number of Syrian registered or
waiting to be so to over 1.367 million. If the current trend
continues, the number of Syrian refugees may rise to 3.5
million, while the number of people in need of aid within
Syria's borders could rise to 6.5 million.

''These figures are terrifying,'' he said.

''I know that, as High Commissioner for Refugees, I should
confine my remarks to the scope of my mandate,'' he added. ''But
as a citizen of the world, I cannot refrain from asking: Isn't
there any way to stop this fighting, to open the door for a
political solution?''

Guterres launched an appeal to the international community
to fund humanitarian aid to the victims of the Syrian conflict
and support the countries hosting the refugees. (ANSAmed).

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