Cristian Reynders, Project Coordinator for northwestern Syria, shares his thoughts on why COVID-19 in the context of war-torn Idlib could spell unmitigated disaster and what is needed to prepare for it.
Recently, displaced people in Northwest Syria have also had to face winter cold, with temperatures sometimes reaching the negatives at night
Since 1st December 2019, more than 948,000 people (according to the UN) have been displaced by bombing and shelling on Idlib province, in Northwest Syria
Indiscriminate attacks on civilians areas on 25 February had predictably horrific consequences in Idlib governorate, Syria. Three MSF-supported hospitals near the frontlines received 185 wounded and 18 patients who were dead-on-arrival.
An MSF doctor working in Deir Hassan camp, 30 km west of Aleppo, describes the situation as hundreds of thousands of people flee an offensive by government forces on the last opposition-held area in Syria.
In northwest Syria, airstrikes combined with a ground offensive conducted by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have triggered a huge wave of displacement.
Intense military offensives by the Government of Syria and its allies in southern Idlib, involving shelling, aerial bombing and ground offensives, have resulted in a massive new movement of people to escape the war zone.
A massive explosion in Darkoush town, northwest Syria resulted in 12 casualties on Thursday 31 October
Shelling in the village of Janoudia in Idlib, northwestern Syria, resulted in an influx of 17 casualties