UN expert warns of "severe" displacement crisis in Syria
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons warned Thursday of "severe" internal displacement crisis in Syria, as the 17-month-old conflict intensifies, DPA reported.
"The intense fighting and use of heavy weaponry in densely populated areas are a major concern. More and more people are being forced daily to flee their homes as a result of escalating violence, and are seeking refuge in host families, schools and makeshift shelters," Chaloka Beyani said in statement.
He expressed deep concern about the situation of the estimated 1.5 million people who were reportedly displaced by the armed conflict in Syria, which has been raging since an uprising started against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.
The Special Rapporteur called upon all Syrian authorities and parties to the conflict to ensure respect for international law, including human rights and humanitarian law.
He called on the Syrian government to allow access for all humanitarian organizations across Syria.
"The lack of access to health care, shelter, water, food and other essential services is compounding an already severe situation for the displaced Syrians," Beyani said.