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Switzerland: 'Question of life and death' - UNOCHA on Eastern Ghouta03:15

Switzerland: 'Question of life and death' - UNOCHA on Eastern Ghouta

Switzerland, Geneva
February 27, 2018 at 17:39 GMT -00:00 · Published

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Deputy Spokesperson Jens Laerke addressed the current situation in Eastern Ghouta at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday, citing reports that shelling continues despite the initiation of a ceasefire earlier in the day.

"It's a question of life and death. If there ever was a question of life and death, this is it. We need 30 days cessation of hostilities throughout Syria, as the Security Council resolution demands," Laerke told reporters.

"The United Nations is mobilised and ready to immediately supply life-saving aid convoys to several areas in Eastern Ghouta, as soon as conditions allow," Laerke said. He added: "We are also ready and have planned, plans for evacuations of hundreds of medical cases when, as soon as we can."

World Health Organisation Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said there are more than 1,000 moderate or severely injured people who urgently need evacuating.

Switzerland: 'Question of life and death' - UNOCHA on Eastern Ghouta03:15
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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Deputy Spokesperson Jens Laerke addressed the current situation in Eastern Ghouta at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday, citing reports that shelling continues despite the initiation of a ceasefire earlier in the day.

"It's a question of life and death. If there ever was a question of life and death, this is it. We need 30 days cessation of hostilities throughout Syria, as the Security Council resolution demands," Laerke told reporters.

"The United Nations is mobilised and ready to immediately supply life-saving aid convoys to several areas in Eastern Ghouta, as soon as conditions allow," Laerke said. He added: "We are also ready and have planned, plans for evacuations of hundreds of medical cases when, as soon as we can."

World Health Organisation Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said there are more than 1,000 moderate or severely injured people who urgently need evacuating.

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