The UN had pleaded the Syrian government to allow the evacuation of around 500 patients, including children with cancer.
Hospitals, schools and people fleeing violence have been “targeted by direct air strikes” that may amount to war crimes, the UN said.
Testimonies from residents of war torn cities like Mosul and Raqqa confirm the horrors that the new International Committee for Red Cross report shows – nearly 50% of the total civilian casualties reported worldwide come from Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
Over 17.5 million people have been displaced from Iraq, Yemen and Syria.
An aid convoy carrying food and medical supplies reached the rebel-held besieged city of Douma for the first time since October.
Nearly 3.3 million people in Yemen – including 2.1 million children – are acutely malnourished, the UN says. They include 460,000 children under age of five with the worst form of malnutrition, who risk dying of pneumonia or diarrhoea.
ICRC’s Dominik Stillhart said that operations were on hold because they needed to understand what exactly had happened before they could resume operations.
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The fate of those stuck in the last rebel bastion in Aleppo is still at stake after a series of sudden advances by the Syrian army and allied Shi’ite militias under an intense bombardment that pulverised large sections of the city.
The Sri Lankan government has acknowledged that there could be as many as 65,000 people missing following three decades of civil war.