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Syrian Government: Hard-to-Reach Areas and Raqqa Province

syrian government: She also lamented that the UN has delivered aid to only a few hard-to-reach areas in Syria and not a single besieged location this month -- and she blamed the Syrian government, armed groups, insecurity and fighting, according to CTV. For those displaced in Raqqa province, she said humanitarian conditions are very difficult with temperatures now approaching 50 degrees Celsius 122 degrees Fahrenheit . The United Nations also has serious concerns over their protection, particularly over their freedom of movement outside the camps many now live in, she said. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller told the UN Security Council in a video briefing from Amman, Jordan, that an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people remain inside Raqqa city, which is now encircled, and their situation is perilous -- there is no way for them to get out. Leaving the city of Raqqa remains extremely difficult due to the presence of mines and other unexploded ordnance, as well as shelling, sniper activities and airstrikes, Mueller said. Mueller said the UN and its partners are ready to support people from Raqqa as soon as security allows it and they can gain access. As military operations continue, our concern is further civilian casualties, she said, especially since Islamic State fighters have allegedly used civilians as human shields. ( As reported in the news.