United Nations warns of the displacement of one million Syrians to Turkey as the fighting intensified

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United Nations warns of the displacement of one million Syrians to Turkey as the fighting intensified

The United Nations has revealed that as many as 2 million refugees may flee to Turkey if the fighting rages in northwestern Syria, while aid funds have fallen dangerously.

The Russian-backed Syrian army continues to launch air and ground attacks on the last opposition strongholds, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

"We are afraid if this continues and the number of (IDPs) continues to rise and the conflict intensifies, we really see hundreds of thousands … one million or two million flowing along the border with Turkey," said Banos Mumsis, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for the Syrian crisis.

The ongoing offensive since late April, which focuses on the southern regions of Idlib and the adjacent districts of Hama and Lattakia, is the worst fighting between President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition since last summer.

Momsis told media sources in Geneva that the situation was deteriorating and that an agreement between Russia and Turkey to reduce the escalation of fighting there was no longer in practice. "We are seeing an attack that is actually targeted or affects hospitals and schools in civilian areas, areas with populations and urban areas, which should not happen under international humanitarian law," he said.

He said relief organizations had been encouraged to keep the warring parties informed of their whereabouts to avoid injury, but relief workers were suspicious of such requests after successive air strikes on hospitals.

"What is happening is a disaster … we must intervene for the benefit of humanity. We asked a few months ago to ensure that this nightmare scenario did not happen. In fact, it is happening before our eyes as we speak. "

With regard to aid, Mumsis said the United Nations had asked for $ 3.3 billion to fund humanitarian work in Syria this year and that, despite generous pledges, it had received only $ 500 million so far, making aid efforts barely lasting.

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