Statement on The Humanitarian Situation in Northwest SyriaThe Danish Refugee Council is deeply concerned about the worsening humanitarian situation and wide-scale suffering of civilians in Syria’s northwest after recent conflict escalation, which has driven more than 950,000 people from their homes into displacement.
Recent conflict escalation in northwest Syria continues to exacerbate displacement and humanitarian needs taking a heavy toll on civilians who have already endured nine years of conflict. Many have had to flee their homes and towns several times. According to UN OCHA, more than 950,000 people have been displaced since 1 December 2019, with women and children accounting for 81 per cent. As temperatures plummet and with no access to adequate shelter and limited humanitarian assistance, families find themselves struggling to survive.
Urgent action is needed to prevent escalation of the conflict and to ensure that the humanitarian situation does not worsen. We urge warring parties to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, to respect the rules and principles of international humanitarian law and to provide rapid, safe and unimpeded access to populations in need.
Nine years on, millions of people in Syria continue to be displaced. New needs continue to emerge while existing needs have too often not been met. All possible efforts should be exerted to end the suffering of the people of Syria once and for all so they can rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.