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United Nations officials announced Tuesday that 5 thousand people a month are dying in the Syrian civil war and an average of 6,000 Syrians a day seek shelter in neighboring countries.
Blamed for failing to discharge its responsibilities regarding the Syrian conflict, the UN Security Council discussed the humanitarian reflections and effects of the escalating clashes in Syria, riven by the ongoing civil war.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said 6.8 million people inside Syria need urgent assistance and "considerable restraints" have been imposed on aid agencies by the government and opposition groups.
Reminding that 4 million people have been displaced in Syria, Amos reiterated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's call for "Ramadan armistice" in Syria.
UN humanitarian chief urged the UNSC and international community to take stronger action to deal with the fallout from the 2 year-old civil war and consider cross border operations to get aid into Syria.
Regarding the blockage on the flow of humanitarian aid into Syria, Amos appealed for the lifting of bureaucratic obstacles but also the designation of "priority humanitarian routes" and prior notification of military offensives.
She urged for "humanitarian pauses" to allow aid access and "cross-border operations, as appropriate."
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres stated that around 1.8 million Syrian refugees have been registered with the United Nations in countries around Syria and an average of 6 thousand people a day are now fleeing from Syria to take shelter in neighboring countries.
"We have not seen a refugee outflow escalate at such a frightening rate since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago," Guterres noted.
He warned the UNSC that "it's not an empty rhetoric" as the crisis would worsen as to threaten the whole region unless precautions be taken.
"This crisis has been going on for much longer than anyone feared with unbearable humanitarian consequences."
UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic also told the UNSC that "the extremely high rate of killings nowadays, approximately 5 thousand a month, demonstrates the drastic deterioration of the conflict."
Turkey to continue its open door policy on Syria
Turkey's deputy UN Ambassador Levent Eler backed the call for further and alternative efforts by the UNSC to deliver the aid to Syrians, saying "the Council needs to consider alternative forms of aid delivery, including cross-border operations."
Eler noted that the Syrian crisis was turning into "the biggest humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century, with the use of ballistic missiles and chemical weapons against civilians."
"We are now hosting more than 200 thousand Syrian refugees in 20 refugee camps, the toll outreaching 500 thousand considering those living in other Turkish cities and districts.
Allowing border-crossing from Syria, Turkey also provides Syrian refugees shelter, education, health care and other social needs. The amount of money spent for these efforts has exceeded 1.5 billion dollars," he added.
He stressed that Turkey would keep on its "open door policy" for Syrian refugees, continuing its support to legal demands of the Syrian people and delivering humanitarian aid.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon previously said that "up to 100,000 people" have been killed in Syria since the onset of the 26 month-old civil war tearing up the country.Last Mod: 17 Temmuz 2013, 09:25