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'Unconditional access to Syria needed to end crisis'

As the UN has called for immediate access to Syria to address the humanitarian issue, Unicef has said that full unconditional humanitarian access in Syria is needed as there are children trapped in conflict zones, desperate for aid, who they are unable to reach.

Unicef is one of very few organisations working inside Syria and has committed to stay and help children however possible. Some of the issues facing those still in Syria include:

  • Availability of water has decreased by a third inside Syria compared to pre-crisis levels
  • Up to 60% of public hospitals have limited or no capacity and around 80% of the nation’s ambulances have been destroyed
  • More than 4 million Syrian children are now in urgent need of humanitarian aid, including more than 1 million children who have fled Syria as refugees
  • Treatment of sewage has declined dramatically