UNITED NATIONS, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations remains deeply alarmed about the humanitarian impact of hostilities in northwest Syria, said a UN spokesman on Tuesday.
"The United Nations remains deeply alarmed about the humanitarian impact of hostilities in northwest Syria, including incidents impacting schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure," Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at the daily noon briefing.
"This past week, some 26,000 people fled from areas controlled by non-state armed groups into government-controlled areas in Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Latakia. Operations are underway to assess needs and provide humanitarian assistance," said Haq, adding that "of the more than 300 people that have been killed in the northwest in recent months, at least 140 were children," citing the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Despite ongoing hostilities, UN humanitarian workers and partners continue to provide critical life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of civilians, including food, protection, nutrition, shelter, education and clean water, said the spokesman.
"The United Nations urges all parties to fully abide by their obligation to respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law, including their obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to respect the principles of distinction and proportionality," said Haq.