IGO urges unhindered access for all civilians in Syria

IGO urges unhindered access for all civilians in Syria 25 February 2014

feb25

IGO, in solidarity with the UN, urges the world to together put an end to the prolonged suffering of people in Syria.

Recent visit by the UN to Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, has revealed that thousands are desperately waiting for food.

Yarmouk camp has been sealed since July 2013, resulting in acute and widespread deprivation, including severe malnutrition, while civilian residents are constantly exposed to the threat of death, injuries and trauma of the armed conflict.

After partial humanitarian access was granted on 18 January and 20 February, UNRWA had successfully distributed 7,000 food parcels, 10,000 polio vaccines and a range of other medical supplements to civilians inside the camp.

15th March marks the third anniversary of the war in Syria. According to UNHCR, there are currently more than 2.5 million refugees registered in the region, nearly half of whom are under 18 years of age: some 932,000 in Lebanon; 574,000 in Jordan; some 613,000 in Turkey; 223,000 in Iraq; and about 134,000 in Egypt.

IGO demands Syrian authorities to allow for distribution in accordance with Resolution 2139 (2014) which demands delivery of humanitarian assistance, cease depriving civilians of food and medicine indispensable to their survival, and enable the rapid, safe and unhindered evacuation of all civilians who wished to leave.