The UN special envoy for Syria on Tuesday appealed for a “complete, immediate nationwide” cease-fire in Syria to enable all-out efforts to suppress the novel coronavirus in the war-torn country.

Geir Pedersen, in a statement on Monday from Geneva, acknowledged a call last week from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for warring parties throughout the world to immediately halt all fighting to enable the “human family” to tackle its common enemy — COVID-19.

“Today, I am appealing specifically for a complete, immediate nationwide ceasefire throughout Syria to enable an all-out-effort to suppress COVID-19 in Syria,” said Pedersen.

He warned that

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