UNICEF has determined that 90% of the children in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance — a 20% increase from the past year — as the ongoing conflict nears the 10-year mark.  UNICEF said in a statement Wednesday that Syria’s conflict has left “the lives and futures of a generation of children hanging by a thread.” “This cannot be just another grim milestone, passing by in the world’s peripheral vision as children and families in Syria continue to struggle,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Humanitarian needs cannot wait. The international community should make every effort to bring about peace to Syria and galvanize support for its children.”UNICEF says the situation in northern Syria is “particularly alarming,” with more than 75% of grave violations in 2020 being recording in the northwest. Millions of children in the north have been displaced after their families were forced to flee as many as seven times in a search for safety amid the ongoing violence.Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Syria After Decade of WarThe suffering of millions of Syrians is deepening as the country enters a second decade of conflict The agency says at al-Hol camp and across northeast Syria, 27,500 children and thousands of Syrian children with ties to armed groups are languishing in camps and detention centers. It notes that surging violence in the camp highlights the need for long-term solutions.UNICEF notes it has expanded its operations in Syria over the past decade to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the country. In 2020 alone, UNICEF provided nearly 900,000 children with routine vaccines against measles, 3.7 million with formal and non-formal education, and more than 400,000 children with psychosocial support. UNICEF also is appealing for $1.4 billion this year for its response inside Syria and neighboring countries.Additionally, it is urging that children associated with armed groups be reintegrated into local communities, for all parties involved in the conflict to refrain from attacks on children and civilian infrastructure, and for the renewal of the U.N. Security Council resolution on cross-border assistance. “There are no winners in this war and the biggest loss is brought upon Syria’s children. It is time for warring parties to put the guns down and come to the negotiation table. Peace and diplomacy are the only way out of this abyss,” said the UNICEF release.

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