UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is greatly concerned by the recent escalation of violence in northwest Syria, including shelling and airstrikes, which have resulted in civilian deaths and casualties in and around camps for internally displaced persons in the Idlib governorate. He called on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from escalating the situation and reaffirmed the need for a nationwide ceasefire. Humanitarian conditions continue to decline due to ongoing hostilities and a deepening economic crisis. At least 121 civilians have been killed and 210 others injured in northwest Syria this year. Nearly 4.1 million people — 80 per cent of them women and children — rely on UN aid to meet their most basic needs. Pray for a lasting solution for the war-ridden Syria. Pray for millions of vulnerable children to be protected (The bible, Isaiah 49:25).