New York

22 March 2021

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on Syria

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the recent wave of attacks in northwest Syria, which have killed and injured dozens of civilians. A hospital in western Aleppo Governorate hit by artillery strikes on 21 March had received UN support. There have also been reports of shelling of a residential neighborhood in Aleppo city causing civilian casualties, as well as airstrikes close to densely populated areas with camps for displaced people. Aerial attacks have also been reported near Bab al Hawa on the Syria-Turkey border, where life-saving UN cross-border humanitarian deliveries take place. 
 
The Secretary-General reiterates that directing attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including medical units such as hospitals, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law. There must be accountability for crimes perpetrated in Syria.
 
The Secretary-General reaffirms the need for a nationwide ceasefire, as called for in Security Council resolution 2254 (2015) and calls on all parties immediately to renew their commitment to a cessation of hostilities.