The saddest reality in the world today is that civilians pay the highest price in any war situation.

More than 1,700 people have reportedly been killed in military operations and airstrikes on Eastern Ghouta since the last one month.

Attacks on critical civilian infrastructure like medical facilities continues with at least 28 reported attacks on health facilities since mid-February and more than 70 verified incidents since the beginning of 2018.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Mark Lowcock, revealed this in a brief to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

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The UN aid chief described the past few months of relentless bloodshed as “some of the worst yet” for civilians inside war-torn Syria.

“Tens of thousands of people have also been displaced from across the war-ravaged country and many are living in overcrowded, ill-equipped shelters.

“There is also a severe shortage of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, as well as rising protection concerns,” he said.

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He regretted the lack of physical security for aid workers, continued fighting, denial of access, and lack of resources to reach and help civilians.

He said the seemingly unending conflict in Syria has surpassed World War II in terms of duration and since it started, more than 13 million Syrians remain dependent on humanitarian assistance, including 6.1 million internally displaced and over 5.5 million driven into refuge outside its borders.

The situation is that bad and unfortunately the support available has not been sufficient for the magnitude of needs.

“We are essentially just given crumbs – an occasional convoy here and there, often, coincidentally.

“Whatever the difficulty, the United Nations and its partners, remain determined to follow through, for the sake of the Syrian people,” Lowcock said.

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