Syria: Humanitarian situation 'dire' with 'no water or health clinics' — UNHCR

The spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Syria Firas Al-Khateeb reported that the humanitarian situation in Raqqa city is “dire” during an interview in Aleppo on Tuesday. Al-Khateeb explained that due to a lack of clean water, an absence of health clinics and the presence of “unexploded remnants of the war”, Raqqa city is not yet a safe place for... Еще civilians to return to. «As the United Nations had no access to Raqqa during the critical stage and it was very dangerous with no access to the United Nations its difficult to assess how many people lost their lives, however we know that there were casualties and injuries», he said. The UNHCR spokesperson explained that no humanitarian convoys or assistance have been able to reach Raqqa city. As a result, he explained that rebuilding is “very difficult” and that it would take time as it was “a process that needs help from many sides.» On October 20, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces declared the total liberation of the city of Raqqa, the capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State's (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) 'caliphate'.
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