In Geneva today, Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien launched the highest consolidated humanitarian appeal for $22.2 billion. With humanitarian crises greater than at any time since the United Nations was founded, the funding would support vital operations for nearly 93 million vulnerable people in 33 countries.
The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in Aleppo City, where an estimated 31,500 people are displaced from areas in eastern Aleppo retaken by the Government of Syria. The UN and partners are scaling up their humanitarian response in Aleppo and responding to the needs of the newly displaced.
The United Nations Mission in Colombia today welcomed the ratification of the Peace Agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) by that country’s upper and lower houses of Parliament, opening the way for a comprehensive agreement and a new era of peace.
The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator briefed the Security Council, saying scores of people were killed in a single airstrike in Aleppo today, with some 20,000 people being displaced in recent days. He said thousands more were expected to flee if fighting further spread and intensified over the coming days.
Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien is extremely concerned about the fate of civilians in Aleppo city, where intense attacks in the past few days has forced over 20,000 people to flee, many into uncertain, precarious situations. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and local partners have begun an immediate aid response.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reports that it has observed Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces firing upon opposition troops at the Nassir airstrip in Upper Nile, and directing rocket-propelled grenades towards opposition positions in Kedbek.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic reports that tensions remain high in Bria following clashes between the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique and the Union de la paix en Centrafrique. The Mission confirms that at least 16 civilians have been killed and 52 wounded.
An inter-agency United Nations-Red Cross-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy deployed to the hard-to-reach area of Rastan in northern rural Homs in Syria to deliver food, water and other supplies for 107,000 people in Rastan and surrounding villages. Rastan was last reached on 27 July.
Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council the intense unleashing of military aggressions in Aleppo, Syria, and the surrounding rural area is having devastating consequences for civilians, with reports of a high tempo of airstrikes and shelling across non-State armed group-held areas.
The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization has confirmed. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally and the one most prevalent in Africa.
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