Idlib on verge of worst crisis since the start of Syria's conflict, World Vision warns

An escalation of violence in Idlib, North West Syria, may lead to the worst humanitarian crisis in Syria’s 8-year conflict.

The military offensive launched on the 3rd May, consisting of intensive air strikes and artillery bombardments, has already displaced a quarter of a million people and threatens to displace hundreds of thousands more.

Up to 180 people are estimated to have been killed, many of them women and children, and at least seven hospitals and nine schools have been hit.

Almost half a million people are exposed to violence in at-risk areas, and more than 250,000 people have fled their homes since the start of February – with an estimated 180,000 displaced in just the last two weeks.

We are gravely concerned following the recent escalation of violence and are now working with our partners to support the emergency response. Tens of thousands of civilians – including children – are estimated to be in the frontline areas. For children, this is a terrifying situation.

It is particularly worrying that schools and hospitals are being damaged and destroyed in the bombardments. Any military offensive in densely populated regions such as Idlib and Hama will and has resulted in the deaths of innocent children.

We are calling for an immediate halt to the hostilities, and a return to negotiations to de-escalate violence in the region. We also urge the international community to support our increased lifesaving response to the Syria crisis.

- Marc-Andre Hensel, Syria Response Director for World Vision

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