UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock urged the United Nations Security Council to back aid delivery to Syrians “suffering a cold, hard winter” with shortages of basic needs “from blankets to baby milk and bandages,” in New York City on Wednesday
“Millions are living under tents or tarpaulins or damaged buildings with no power or heating. There are severe shortages of all the basics, from blankets to baby milk to bandages,” Lowcock told the UNSC.
Lowcock stressed the need for an aid convoy to reach some 42,000 people reportedly living in Rukban along the Syria-Jordan border.
“On 27 January we received verbal approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Damascus for the convoy to proceed. Security guarantees have also been received from the Russian Federation and from international coalition forces. Planning is now underway for loading of the trucks to begin before the end of the week and for them to set off by 5 February,” Lowcock said.
Syrian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari also addressed the UNSC on Wednesday.
According to United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Syrian War generated up to 5.6 million refugees, split between several countries, with an addition 6 million of internally displaced peoples.