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Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 06 April 2018 - Syria

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Turning to Syria, our humanitarian colleagues are concerned about reports of escalating hostilities in the Idlib Governorate. Yesterday, air strikes on Al‑Bara town in the Ariha district, south of Idlib city, reportedly hit two schools and a mosque, causing extensive material damage. We’re also expressing our concern for the safety and protection of civilians in Douma following reports of the resumption of hostilities in the area. An estimated 78,000 to 150,000 people remain in besieged eastern Ghouta and continue to face deteriorating humanitarian conditions. The UN calls on all parties, and those with influence over them, to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, to ensure freedom of movement and to allow for safe, sustained and unhindered access by all humanitarian parties to help to those who need it.