Fears of Humanitarian Catastrophe in Idlib, Syria
As new airstrikes are carried out across two dozen locations in Idlib, the UN warns of an impending humanitarian disaster in the northern Syria region. Penny Appeal is closely monitoring the situation, and preparing to continue its response in the country to help those devastatingly affected.
Reports suggest that so far at least thirteen people have been killed, and a number of people are still missing and thought to be trapped under rubble following the attacks. The majority of causalities are women and children. Strikes appear to have been randomly launched in civilian areas, targeting a school and a local mosque.
Half of Idlib’s population have already fled their homes to other parts of Syria. Once a large-scale assault begins, it is very likely that there will be even more civilian displacement with up to 700,000 people fleeing their homes, towards the north.
The UN has expressed grave concerns over the potential use of chemical weapons, which would have a devastating effect on the civilian population of Syria.
Over 2 million people in Idlib are currently in need of humanitarian assistance, and this number is thought to rise as the situation deteriorates.
Penny Appeal has been working with partners inside Syria since the conflict began, providing life-saving aid. Donate to our Syria appeal today so we can continue vital work in the country.
THURSDAY 6 SEP 2018