UN: Worse may still come in Syria, after airstrikes in Idlib

920,000 people were displaced within Syria between January and April.

11 June 2018 | 14:47

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 11 June 2018 | 14:47

This photo shows Panos Moumtzis, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, informing to the media on latest developments on humanitarian access in Syria, during a press conference, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, June 11, 2018. (AP Photo)

GENEVA: The U.N. humanitarian agency’s top official for Syria is expressing concern about recent airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province, warning that “we may have not seen the worst of the crisis” in Syria even after 7 years of war.

Panos Moumtzis of U.N. OCHA has said military escalation could make Idlib’s situation “much more complicated and brutal” than other conflict zones in Syria.

He said Monday that 920,000 people were displaced within Syria between January and April, the highest number of any four-month span since the war began.

OCHA is on “high alert” for possible further displacement among the estimated 2-1/2 million people in Idlib, adding “There is no place left to go” within Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said airstrikes have killed dozens in towns in Idlib since Wednesday.

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