Syria: UNHCR gravely concerned by situation in Aleppo city and attacks on IDP settlements in Idleb

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urges all parties to the conflict to ensure, first and foremost, the safety and dignity of civilians, including families and vulnerable groups trapped in Aleppo city, who are facing constant bombardment, violence, and displacement.

Furthermore, UNHCR is gravely concerned by the spate of attacks on internally displaced person (IDP) settlements in Idleb Governorate over the last 10 days, as well as other attacks on other IDP settlements and civilians elsewhere in the country, which have resulted in civilian casualties and further displacement. The attacks indicate a shocking disregard for civilian life. UNHCR reiterates the importance of allowing access to safety, and respect for the civilian and humanitarian character of IDP settlements. 

UNHCR reiterates its call for ensuring the protection of civilians based on international humanitarian law, international refugee law, and human rights law.  UNHCR calls for a durable and sustainable solution to this conflict.

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