ALEPPO ON THE BRINK OF HUMANITARIAN DISASTER ICRC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The intense battles raging in Aleppo, which have seen a key hospital destroyed with significant loss of life, would potentially pushed humanitarian disaster further to the brink, warned the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
In a statement yesterday, the Geneva-based organisation, said that the devastating situation caused by escalating violence, has resulted in many people displaced and living close to frontlines, at grave risk and without a chance of getting much-needed aid.
Head of the Syria’s ICRC mission, Marianne Gasser, said that the recent attack on the ICRC-supported Quds hospital was totally unacceptable, although it was not the first time the lifesaving medical services have been hit.
“We urge all the parties to spare the civilians. Don’t attack hospitals and don’t use weapons that cause widespread damage. Otherwise, Aleppo will be pushed further to the brink of humanitarian disaster,” she said in the statement.
Recently, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), which have been supporting most of Aleppo’s medical facilities, managed to provide contingency food and medical aid to both sides of the city.
However, the recent escalation in fighting means these stocks, that were expected to run out soon, cannot be replenished, the ICRC said.
The attack on the Al Quds hospital on Wednesday killed at least 27 people, while more than 30 died in other attacks.
According to international reports, at least 14 of those killed were staff and patients for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), said the medical aid group, which supported the hospital.
The United Nations (UN)special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has estimated that so far 400,000 people have been killed throughout the past five years of civil war, reports said.
However, he explained that the death toll was based on his own estimate and was not an official UN statistic.
The UN no longer keeps track of the death toll due to the inaccessibility of many areas and the complications of navigating conflicting statistics put forward by the Syrian government and armed opposition groups, Al Jazeera reported.
Source: Name News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/aleppo-on-the-brink-of-humanitarian-disaster-icrc-2/Government