Press Statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria

Statement to the press by Ambassador Mona Juul ahead of a Security Council meeting on Syria, 29 November 2022.

Norway is alarmed by the escalation of violence in Syria. Also this month, innocent civilians have been killed and maimed.

The humanitarian needs are at their highest ever, with 14.6 million people in need. These people are suffering, they are starving, they are dying. The cold winter will add an even heavier burden on people struggling to survive.

Norway is particularly concerned by the danger and desperation children are experiencing in camps and detention facilities in Syria.

And in the North-West: millions of people remain dependent on the cross-border aid operation. It remains an absolute critical lifeline for the 4 million people in that area. There is currently no substitute that could replace the scale and volume of this transparent and well-monitored humanitarian cross-border mechanism.

We call on donors to step up their response and for the parties to the conflict to end hostilities immediately.