On Monday, the United Nations expressed grave concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation of 13.4 million Syrians.
“We remain deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation for the 13.4 million people in need across Syria,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at a press conference.
He added that some of the most vulnerable Syrians are those in the northwest of the country, where there are now 3.4 million needy people, of whom the United Nations has assessed the situation of more than 90% and counted them as urgent or catastrophic.
He added that there are 2.7 million men, women and children internally displaced, most of whom live in more than a thousand camps on the Syrian-Turkish border.
He explained that the aid that the United Nations team sends from Turkey across the border to northwestern Syria amounts to 2.4 million Syrians on a monthly basis, by crossing about 1,000 aid trucks per month, and last May alone 979 trucks crossed.
“Bab al-Hawa is the last lifeline preventing a humanitarian catastrophe for millions of people in Syria, and despite continuous efforts to deliver a small number of trucks through the Damascus line, there is no alternative to providing aid on this scale and scale,” he added.
“That is why Guterres has repeatedly said before that a large-scale response across borders an additional 12 months remains necessary to save lives.”
The current mandate of the mechanism for the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria expires on 11 July.