Wed, 12 Aug 2020

UNITED NATIONS, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations is concerned about 1.7 million people in northeast Syria needing humanitarian aid, as 1.1 million of them already are in acute need, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

"This includes nearly 500,000 displaced people throughout the northeast, including in al-Hol camp, where more than 65,000 people - two-thirds of them children - live in challenging humanitarian conditions," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The cost of food and other basics is among the highest in all of Syria, with the prices in June up more than 60 percent in Deir Ezzour in just one month, he said. Food costs in al-Hasakeh are up 240 percent more than this time last year.

"We stress the need for full and regular humanitarian access to all areas in the northeast, as well as (all of) Syria," Dujarric told correspondents at a regular briefing.

The spokesman also said that so far six cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the northeast, including one death. One case of the disease was reported last week in the northwest.

The global organization's plea for the northeast comes just days after the Security Council approved a single cross-border humanitarian route from Turkey to the northwest of Syria.

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