War & Conflict

Syria's besieged communities

UN: Hundreds of thousands of civilians live in besieged areas across five provinces and are denied basic necessities.

Diana Al Rifai, Nouran Mohamed El Hilali | | War & Conflict, Syria's Civil War, Interactive

The UN's latest report on besieged communities in Syria said that at least 624,500 people live in besieged areas in the provinces of Homs, Damascus, Damascus suburbs, Idlib, and Deir Az Zor.

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According to the United Nations, a besieged community is an area surrounded by armed actors with the sustained effect that humanitarian assistance cannot regularly enter, and civilians, the sick and the wounded cannot regularly exit the area.



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