Syria, Mozambique, Ethiopia & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (7 July 2021)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

– Ethiopia
– Syria
– Myanmar
– Nigeria
– Mozambique
– Tropical Storm Elsa
– Ukraine
– Libya
– Mali
– Japan
– COVID-19
– South Sudan
– UN Headquarters/COVID-19
– Guest Tomorrow
– Financial Contribution

The Security Council held closed consultations on the humanitarian situation in Syria this morning. Ramesh Rajasingham, the Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefed Council members.
As you will recall, we have been stressing the importance of renewing the cross-border mechanism for the delivery of humanitarian aid that was authorized under Security Council resolution 2533. Cross-border aid deliveries, as well as cross-line deliveries, are vital to the survival of the Syrian people we are assisting.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is warning today that, without urgent funding, the displacement crisis in the north of Mozambique could become a hunger emergency.
Displacement has left at least 730,000 people in Cabo Delgado with no access to their land and no means of earning a living. Close to 230,000 people are highly food insecure, according to the latest food security data, which was collected before the attacks in Palma. This number is projected to increase during the lean season, which begins in October.

Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that humanitarian access has improved within Tigray, with large areas now accessible. However, the resupply of humanitarian aid is critically needed, as is of fuel, on which humanitarian operations obviously depend.
In Mekelle, 23 displacement sites did not have access to water due to lack of fuel to operate water pumps. Lack of fuel is also impacting the transportation of humanitarian and commercial supplies inside the region. Several partners have also not able to provide cash assistance. Commercial flights to and from Mekelle that were halted on 23 June have yet to resume, which obviously is impacting the deployment of humanitarian workers.

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