HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

THURSDAY, 15 MAY 2014

 

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COMMISSIONER GENERAL EXPRESSES CONCERN FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN SYRIA

  • The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl, said that Palestine refugees in Syria face extreme hardship as a result of the ongoing armed conflict.
  • His comments came on his first visit to Syria as Commissioner-General, to see for himself the suffering of the Palestine refugees and advocate for expanded humanitarian access.
  • The Commissioner-General said that, as another generation of Palestinians experiences the trauma of displacement, their situation has become, in human terms, nothing short of catastrophic and yet is often being overlooked.
  • In response to questions, the Spokesman reiterated the UN’s concerns about the use of barrel bombs in Syria and other armaments that disproportionately harm civilians.

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