DAMASCUS, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday for talks on humanitarian issues, sources told Xinhua.
Amos, during her two-day visit, will meet with Syrian officials from the Foreign Ministry, a UN source told Xinhua.
The visit, which is Amos' third one since the unrest in Syria began in 2011, came less than a week after a UN humanitarian delegation visited the hotspots in the conflict-engulfed country and warned of "shocking" and "appalling" situation.
The UN has recently said that about 4 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, at least 2 million of them internally displaced.
Fighting continues around central prison in northwestern Syria
DAMASCUS, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Intense fighting continued on Friday in the vicinity of the central prison of the country's northwestern province of Idlib, a pro-government TV said.
The fighting in the surroundings of the central prison of Idlib has been dragging on since Friday morning, Khabar TV said, adding that the armed militias have shelled one of the prison's fences with a bombshell. Full story
UN humanitarian chief calls for more aid to Syrians
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The UN under-secretary- general for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, said on Wednesday that ordinary people are paying a terrible price for the failure of the international community to agree on steps to resolve the political crisis in Syria.
Speaking to reporters in Davos, Switzerland, Amos, who is also the UN emergency relief coordinator, said that despite the insecurity and limited access, UN agencies and humanitarian partners have reached millions of people with essential relief supplies, UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said at a daily news briefing here. Full story