Joint statement by the Resident Coordinator and United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Imran Riza, and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Muhannad Hadi, on the situation in Al-Hasakeh, 23 January 2022 – Syrian Arab Republic
Damascus and Amman, January 23, 2022
The United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Mr. Imran Riza, and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Mr. Muhannad Hadi express their deep concern for the safety of civilians caught up in the deteriorating security conditions in Al-Hassakeh.
On January 20, an attack on Sina’a prison in the city of Al-Hasakeh led to a rapid escalation in hostilities with gunfire and explosions reported in the area. Civilian casualties were reported and around 45,000 people were displaced from their homes. Most of the displaced people have sought refuge with family and friends in nearby areas. About 500 people are housed in two temporary shelters.
With cold winter conditions across Syria this week, those affected are in dire need of basic supplies, including food and household items. Humanitarian organizations are stepping up to assess and respond to the needs of those who have fled their homes. Unimpeded humanitarian access by all parties involved is paramount to ensuring that emergency aid reaches those affected.
All parties to the conflict are reminded of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, given their likely indiscriminate effects. International law requires all parties to the conflict to do their utmost to protect civilians and allow safe passage for those who wish to flee, while those who wish to remain must be protected.
For more information:
Andrew Hyslop Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Middle East and North Africa United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), [email protected]