Middle East

The Syria Situation Heats Up Amidst the Gaza Conflict

The war in Gaza continues to cast a dark shadow over the wider Middle East region, in particular Syria where a series of strikes and attacks are exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday.

Briefing ambassadors on the Security Council, Geir Pedersen called for a regional de-escalation, starting with an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

In addition to the regional spillover effects, he expressed deep concern over the ongoing conflict within Syria itself.

“There are in fact no signs of calm in any of Syria’s theaters – only unresolved conflicts, bubbling violence, and sharp flares of hostilities, any of which could be the kindling for a new conflagration,” he stated.

Special Envoy Pedersen briefing the Security Council.

Humanitarian situation

Highlighting the bleak humanitarian situation, Mr. Pedersen stressed the need for greater access and generous donor support to alleviate the suffering of millions.

At the same time, the economic situation remains equally troubling, with food prices doubling within the past year and the Syrian Pound witnessing a 15-fold fall in its value compared to the United States Dollar since 2020.

“The unending suffering borne by Syrians carries knock-on effects for the most vulnerable,” he continued, “many interlocutors tell my office about increasing gender-based violence, as well as negative coping mechanisms such as early marriage or women forced into prostitution.”

He said there needs to be a new and comprehensive approach to address the multifaceted challenges facing Syria, adding he remained resolute in his commitment to finding a path towards peace in Syria.

Explosive remnants of war

Echoing the dire assessment, Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination, at the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA), emphasized the risks facing aid workers.

In late March, a World Health Organization (WHO) staffer working on water and sanitation assistance in Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria, was killed when an airstrike hit his building.

The OCHA official also noted the impact of unexploded ordinance, landmines, and other such weapons on civilians.

“Agricultural land is particularly impacted, with significant consequences for food production and livelihoods,” he said, noting that often, children form the majority of the casualties.

Deadly diseases

Mr. Rajasingham added that with the approaching summer, the risk of drought, heatwaves, cholera and other health risks will increase, amid already limited water and sanitation services.

“This will in turn increase sexual and reproductive health and protection risks for women and adolescent girls, who tend to be exposed to higher levels of gender-based violence due to lack of privacy at and around sanitation facilities, and the need to venture further to retrieve water,” he warned.


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  1. In my opinion, the ongoing crisis in Syria is deeply troubling. The situation is only getting worse with the shadow of the Gaza war lingering over the region. Immediate action is necessary to de-escalate the conflicts and address the dire humanitarian conditions.

  2. Does the UN have any specific plans to address the escalating conflict in Syria amidst the ongoing crisis in Gaza?

    1. Yes, the UN is actively working on addressing the escalating conflict in Syria amidst the ongoing crisis in Gaza. Special Envoy Pedersen has called for a regional de-escalation and an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. He also expressed deep concern over the ongoing conflict within Syria, highlighting the pressing need for greater access and donor support to alleviate the suffering of millions. The situation in Syria remains extremely critical, and concerted international efforts are crucial for bringing about peace and stability in the region.

  3. It’s heart-wrenching to see the escalation of conflicts in Syria amidst the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly, and we must all work towards a peaceful resolution and provide necessary aid to those in need.

  4. As a humanitarian crisis translatorhe, it’s heartbreaking to see the escalating conflict in Syria amidst the Gaza situation. The urgent need for a ceasefire and enhanced support for millions affected cannot be overstated. Let’s hope for a swift resolution to alleviate these immense sufferings.

  5. In my opinion, it’s crucial for all parties involved to prioritize a regional de-escalation and work towards an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The situation in Syria is already dire, and further escalation could lead to catastrophic consequences for the entire region. It’s imperative to address the unresolved conflicts and provide necessary humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of millions. Let’s hope for a peaceful resolution to these ongoing conflicts.

  6. Judging from the ongoing conflicts in Syria and the escalating violence, it’s clear that urgent action is needed to address the dire humanitarian situation in the region. The call for a ceasefire in Gaza is a crucial step towards regional de-escalation, but the deep-rooted unresolved conflicts within Syria pose a significant challenge. The suffering of the Syrian people should be at the forefront of international efforts, with a focus on providing greater access to aid and support to alleviate their plight.

  7. Is there any hope for a peaceful resolution in Syria amidst the escalating tensions?

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