Nearly 70,000 children have been displaced because of the ongoing violence in northeast Syria, estimates UNICEF, which at the same time calls on all parties to the conflict and the ones who have influence over them to always provide protection to children.  

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, underlined the critical nature of the situation while confirming that “At least four children have been killed and nine others injured in northeast Syria. Seven Children have reportedly also been killed in Turkey. Three health facilities and health vehicles and one school came under attack. The A’louk water station supplying water to nearly 400,000 people in Al-Hasakeh is out of service.’’

UNICEF is concerned about the increased necessity of humanitarian assistance and highlights that at least 170,000 children could benefit from this assistance. Therefore, with the collaboration of partners, UNICEF is working to deliver immediate assistance, which includes emergency assistance to families arriving at collective shelters, 95,000 litres of water and 12 water tanks to mitigate water shortages in shelters in Al-Hasakeh city, planned repairs to the A’louk station, primary health consultations – nutrition screening, to women and children inclusive – and foster arrangements for 13 separated children.

“In addition, UNICEF continues to support the delivery of clean water and provide health and nutrition services in Al-Hol camp, home to nearly 64,000 children and women’’, Fore adds.

As a result of the escalation of violence in the area, UNICEF has renewed its call on parties to the conflict to always protect children, while stresses that ‘’those fighting in the northeast and elsewhere in Syria must protect civilian infrastructure and not use it for military gains.”