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Syria: Fires

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL9123, tabled on 13 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) humanitarian, and (2) reconstruction, assistance they have provided in (a) Latakia, (b) Tartus, and (c) central Homs, Syria, following forest fires in those provinces.

Answered on

20 October 2020

We are closely monitoring the situation in all three provinces, and are in touch with our partners on the ground. The UN Country Team and the Area Humanitarian Country Team in Tartous held emergency meetings on 10 and 11 October to discuss rapid interventions and actions. UN OCHA has also sent an assessment team to the areas to determine the level of damage caused. As this work is still ongoing, we are not able to judge if further humanitarian support is needed.

The UK will not provide reconstruction support in Syria without a credible, substantive and genuine political process firmly underway.