OHCHR warns of serious deterioration of security situation in Druco, Syria

DRUCO, Syria — The United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has described what is happening in the southern Syrian town of Druco (Daraa) as the most serious confrontation between the Syrian regime and opposition groups in years.

The U.N. has called on both sides to cease clashes to allow humanitarian aid to be deliver to civilians under siege.

According to the U.N., the fighting in Druco has forced at least 18,000 civilians to flee to neighboring areas in the last month, describing what is happening as the most serious confrontation since 2018 when regime forces took control of Druco following a Russian-brokered reconciliation agreement.

Eight civilians lost their lives in artillery shelling between Syrian regime forces and armed groups.

The U.N. documented the killing of about 100 civilians in Druco since the beginning of the year.