UN condemns escalation in Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor), urges restraint; US cautions against external interference

DAYRO ZCURO, Syria — The United Nations has sounded the alarm over recent hostilities in Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor), North and East Syria, which have resulted in numerous civilian casualties. In statements made on Tuesday, the United Nations called upon all stakeholders to exercise restraint and prevent further escalation of violence.

Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations Farhan Haq noted Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s concern regarding the heightened hostilities in North and East Syria. These conflicts have inflicted a heavy toll, with 45 civilians, including 4 children, reported dead, and numerous others sustaining injuries. Additionally, vital public infrastructure, including two hospitals and three water treatment facilities, has been damaged, as reported by United Nations humanitarian partners.

Haq underscored Guterres’s strong condemnation of the ongoing violence in Syria. Haq emphasized the Secretary-General’s call to all parties to adhere to their obligations under international law and highlighted the paramount importance of safeguarding civilians and civilian infrastructure, in accordance with international legal frameworks.

The United States also issued a stern warning regarding the potential risks associated with external parties’ interference that do not share a commitment to eradicating Islamic State (ISIS) terrorism.

During a press conference Spokesperson for the US State Department Vendat Patel emphasized the vital partnership between the United States and the Syrian Democratic Forces in the battle against ISIS. He reiterated that efforts have been made to address the situation in Dayro Zcuro while prioritizing the protection of civilians in the region.