UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief is urging the Security Council to take action to end the “bloody onslaught” in Syria’s Idlib province, the last opposition-held stronghold, warning that continued violence could create the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century.
An exasperated Mark Lowcock told council members Tuesday they have ignored previous pleas and “done nothing for 90 days as the carnage continues in front of your eyes.”
He asked: “Are you again going to shrug your shoulders … or are you going to listen to the children of Idlib, and do something about it?”
The Security Council is deeply divided, with Russia backing the Syrian government and Western nations supporting the opposition. That has prevented the U.N.’s most powerful body from taking any significant action.