UN urges one-month humanitarian truce in Syria

The United Nations has called for a one-month ceasefire in Syria to facilitate the delivery humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of civilians in dire need of help.
In a Tuesday statement, the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Ali al-Za’tari, and the world body’s representatives in the country sounded the alarm over the “extreme” humanitarian situation in several zones across the country, to which aid workers have no access.
“The United Nations humanitarian team in Syria warns of the dire consequences of the compounded humanitarian crisis in several parts of the country,” said the statement.
The UN aid officials further called “for an immediate cessation of hostilities lasting for at least one month throughout Syria.”
The measure, the statement added, would “enable the delivery of humanitarian aid and services, evacuation of the critically sick and wounded, and alleviation of people’s suffering, to the extent possible, wherever they are.”
The statement listed Afrin, Raqqah, Hasakah and Rukban regions as well Foua and Kefraya towns as the hot spots, where people are in need of relief assistance.