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15 May 2014
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
THURSDAY, 15 MAY 2014
COMMISSIONER GENERAL EXPRESSES CONCERN FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN SYRIA
The UN Relief and Works Agency (
) Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl, said that Palestine refugees in Syria face extreme hardship as a result of the ongoing armed conflict.
His comments came on his first visit to Syria as Commissioner-General, to see for himself the suffering of the Palestine refugees and advocate for expanded humanitarian access.
The Commissioner-General said that, as another generation of Palestinians experiences the trauma of displacement, their situation has become, in human terms, nothing short of catastrophic and yet is often being overlooked.
In response to questions, the Spokesman reiterated the UN’s
about the use of barrel bombs in Syria and other armaments that disproportionately harm civilians.