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UN shares GPS coordinates of hospitals, schools in Idlib with major powers

Reuters , Thursday 13 Sep 2018
Panos Moumtzis
File Photo: Panos Moumtzis, United Nations humanitarian coordinator on the Syria crisis attends a news conference on the latest developments regarding humanitarian access in Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland
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The United Nations has shared the GPS coordinates of 235 protected sites in the Syrian province of Idlib, including schools and hospitals, with the Russia, Turkey and US-led coalition amid fears of an all-out military assault, a senior UN aid official said on Thursday.

Panos Moumtzis, UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, also quoted a Russian official as telling a humanitarian task force in Geneva that "every effort to find a peaceful solution to the problem is being made at the moment".

The United Nations is working 24/7 to ensure assistance if an estimated 900,000 people flee the rebel-held area of 2.9 million, Moumtzis said. "In no way am I saying we are ready. What is important is that we are doing our maximum to ensure a level of readiness."

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