Press release: UK warns Asad against “man-made catastrophe” in Idlib as new UK aid package announced for north-west Syria

first_img The UK’s Department for International Development UK is providing £32 million of additional aid to meet emergency needs in Idlib and the surrounding areas. £17 million will support emergency preparedness, provided by NGOs and UN agencies, including UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA. The remaining £15m will go to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) Turkey Humanitarian Fund to meet emergency needs in north-west Syria. Since the crisis started, the UK is the second largest humanitarian donor to the response inside Syria and has committed £2.71 billion since 2012, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis.Today’s package is in addition to the UK’s existing humanitarian assistance in north-west Syria. During the previous financial year, our support in Idlib Governorate has provided 654,000 people with access to clean drinking water, immunised nearly a million children under the age of five and helped over 300,000 children access education.Notes to editors ENDS The UK is scaling up its support in north-west Syria to meet emergency humanitarian needs in the face of threats of an imminent military offensive by the Asad regime and Russia. In the last week alone, there have been reports of airstrikes against four medical facilities in north-west Syria.The Syria crisis, now in its eighth year, has left over 400,000 dead and forced half of Syria’s population to flee their homes.Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said: I am deeply concerned by the escalating military action in Idlib, including reported attacks on a number of hospitals and clinics. In the last couple of years, the Syrian regime and its Russian backers have repeatedly hidden behind the rationale of confronting terrorism to launch brutal, indiscriminate campaigns, killing countless children and civilians in the process. If they do the same in Idlib, they will cause a human disaster that could leave thousands dead and many more homeless. The UK has been clear that a man-made catastrophe in Idlib is entirely avoidable. We support the urgent diplomatic efforts being made by Turkey and the UN. The Syrian regime and its supporters, Russia and Iran, must uphold the ceasefire they have previously agreed and respect international humanitarian law. The situation for the three million people in Idlib is already very difficult and risks becoming much worse. Half of those people have already had to flee from elsewhere in Syria, and the last few days have seen thousands more people leave their homes. Today’s UK aid package will save lives by helping to prevent the spread of deadly disease and provide shelter for those that have had to leave everything behind. General media queries (24 hours) If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. Telephone 020 7023 0600 Email [email protected] provide clean water and sanitation for some of the most vulnerable families that have had to flee their homes; support doctors and nurses that are tackling the spread of deadly diseases and treating those with trauma injuries; give shelter to those that have been displaced by the conflict; and provide mental health services to children and adults that have lived through the horrors of war. The package, from the UK Department for International Development, will support over a quarter of a million people in north-west Syria. Delivered by UN agencies, NGOs and local organisations, it aims to:last_img read more

Lakers’ Luke Walton sees “growth” in D’Angelo Russell

first_imgHad he converted his dunk attempt over Griffin, Ingram would have landed on the highlight reels. But it signified Ingram’s season-long growth in becoming aggressive. That approach helped him post 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, five rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes after missing the previous three games because of tendinitis in his right knee.“It’s kind of what he was starting to do before he got hurt,” Walton said. “But it was good to see him come out and get back into that same form and not have any rust on him.”Afterward, Ingram described his knee as “pretty good,” leaving Walton optimistic he will start on Sunday against Memphis.“It was all mental for me” Ingram said. “I wanted to come out here and have a good showing.”New lineupDespite the towering presence of Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and forward Blake Griffin, Walton started forward Larry Nance Jr. at center amid a season-ending right ankle injury to Ivica Zubac.Though Griffin still had 36 points, the pairing between Nance and forward Julius Randle gave what Randle called “more versatility” with their athleticism and floor spacing.“Me and him can switch with guards and with each other,” said Nance, who had eight points and four rebounds. “It took us a while to figure it out, obviously. But once it did, there was good flow, good movement and we were able to switch and cause some trouble.”With considering Nance one of his “smarter” players,” Walton said he “most likely” will start Nance again for Sunday’s game against Memphis at Staples Center. Russell is also supposed to make shots. As Walton observed, “he had a lot of wide open looks.” While the Clippers’ backcourt in Chris Paul (29 points, 12 assists) and J.J. Redick (19 points) posted their usual numbers, Walton saw Russell show “growth” by not allowing his poor shooting to affect his game elsewhere.“I try to make plays for my teammates and compete on the defensive end. Honestly, I wanted to be out there and compete even though my shot wasn’t falling,” Russell said. You’re going to have tough games in this league when shots aren’t falling and things aren’t going your way. Whatever it is, you still have to try.”Though the Lakers’ reserves played a large part in cutting the Clippers’ 22-point lead to single digits in the fourth quarter, Walton inserted Russell and Jordan Clarkson with 3:08 remaining.“Anybody could’ve been in that position. Those guys played really well,” Russell said of the reserves. “Coach went with me so I tried to be ready.”Staying aggressive Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> Instead of having ice in his veins, D’Angelo Russell’s shot turned ice cold.In the Lakers’ 115-104 loss to the Clippers on Saturday at Staples Center, Russell did not score until launching a floater with 1:53 left in the game. He went 1 for 9 from the field. He finished with a plus-minus (-25), a stat that shows a players’ value when he is on the floor.But Lakers coach Luke Walton said Russell “actually played well,” after also collecting six assists and two steals.“He was competing. He was talking. He was making the right plays still,” Walton said of Russell. “When he was open, he was shooting them. That’s what he’s supposed to do.”last_img read more