May 18, 2018

2018 is worst year in Syria's humanitarian crisis, UN official says

A Syrian youth walks by rubble holding a baby.

Photo: Nazeer AL-KHATIB / AFP

Syria's humanitarian crisis is more severe this year than at any previous time in the seven-year civil war, United Nation's Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria Panos Moumtzis said on Friday, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Many of those suffering are unable to get help. Per Reuters, 2.05 million people are "in need of humanitarian assistance" but live "in hard-to-reach areas." Moumtzis said 75% of healthcare workers in the country have fled, and 70% of attacks on healthcare workers and facilities worldwide take place in Syria. Meanwhile just 7% of aid delivery requests made to Syrian authorities this year were granted, compared to 27% in 2017.

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