UN voices concern over growing violence in SW Syria

(MENAFN) The UN has raised concerns over the intensified violence seen in southwestern Syria, with over 45,000 people having been displaced.

The statement has been made by Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) during a press conference at the UN in Geneva.

The spokesman stated "we are alarmed by reports in recent days of escalating hostilities in Dar'a governorate in south-western Syria which are endangering an estimated 750,000 people."

Laerke noted that several deaths and wounds have been reported as a result of clashes on the ground and bombardment from the air.

He added "at least 45,000 people have reportedly been displaced mostly from eastern Dar'a governorate to areas near the border with Jordan. These displaced people are in urgent need of shelter and humanitarian aid."


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