PROVIDE SAFE PASSAGE FOR CIVILIANS TO EVACUATE ALEPPO – MERCY MALAYSIA
KUALA LUMPUR, All parties should abide by the international humanitarian law and provide safe passage and protection for civilians to evacuate eastern Aleppo, Syria, said the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (Mercy Malaysia).
Its president,Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus said the society was concerned over the safety of civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo following
United Nations reports of execution-style killings happening despite the ceasefire agreement by the Syrian government.
“We are deeply saddened and appalled by the reports of warring parties that fail to uphold their obligation to protect civilians in war and to abide by the international humanitarian law.
“The warring parties should ensure the safety of the people seeking refuge and to facilitate the provision of aid and humanitarian assistance to those who are caught on the front lines,” he said in a statement today.
Russia declared on Tuesday that the four-year battle over Aleppo, Syria’s largest city was over as the last remaining rebel fighters agreed to turn over their territory to the Syrian government.
According to Dr Ahmad Faizal, Mercy Malaysia has a Rapid Assessment Team (RAT) of five personnel on standby and would be deployed as soon as access to the area is secured.
“We join the international humanitarian community and the United Nations
Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, urging for safe access directly into Aleppo to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid.
“Our RAT team will be there to assess the emergency needs of civilians remaining in the city of Aleppo that include medical, food, non-food items, winter items and other immediate necessities. We intend to deploy them within the coming week,” he said.
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