Selin ATAY-TDO- The United Nations on Tuesday expressed concern over the safety and well-being of civilians in northwestern Syria, especially Idlib, where continuous fighting has led to the displacement of nearly a million people since last December.

"In just little more than 10 weeks - from December 1 till today – nearly 700,000 people have been forcibly displaced in Idlib and surrounding areas in north-west Syria, most of them women and children," said Jens Laerke, spokesman of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

"This is, from our initial analysis, the largest number of people displaced in a single period since the Syrian crisis that began almost nine years ago," he told a regular UN press briefing.

Laerke said that besides the killing, the latest displacement compounds an already dire humanitarian situation on the ground in Idlib and protection, shelter, food, water, sanitation and hygiene, health, and emergency education are all urgent priorities.

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesman Andrej Mahecic said that the humanitarian crisis was getting severe, with a massive number of people on the move.

"The conflict in Syria has caused the biggest displacement crisis in the world. Over 5.5 million Syrians live as refugees in the region. More than six million Syrians are displaced within the country," he said.

Turkey remains the country with the most refugees in the world, hosting more than 3.7 million migrants since the start of the uprising in the Middle Eastern country.

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