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UN concerned by fighting in Syria’s Dera’a

February 15, 2017, 2:39 UTC+3 UN

The fighting has already forced over 9,000 men, women and children to flee their homes

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UN, February 15. /TASS/. The Office of the UN Secretary General is concerned by the situation in the city of Dera’a, where more than 9,000 people had to flee their homes amid intense fighting, said Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for the UN secretary-general.

"We are very concerned about an increase in fighting in and around Dar’a City over the past few days, which has resulted in the displacement of over 9,000 men, women and children so far," he said Tuesday.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), many of the displaced have moved to farms and villages southeast of the city, while more are expected to be displaced in the coming days if the fighting continues.

UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Syria Ali Al-Za’tari earlier called on the sides of the conflict to ensure immediate access to the besieged Syrian towns of Zabadani, Madaya, Fua and Kafraya, where about 60,000 civilians are trapped.

He said the deliveries of international humanitarian aid to those areas have been impossible since November 28 and warmed of a "looming humanitarian catastrophe.".

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