SRD CALLS FOR CIVILIAN PROTECTION AND URGENT HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO IDPS IN IDLIB AND RURAL HAMA, SYRIA
For Immediate Release
Washington, DC (January 19, 2018) — Syria Relief and Development (SRD) demands protection of civilians and immediate humanitarian assistance for internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in Idlib and rural Hama, Syria, as ground attacks and airstrikes have escalated rapidly. The recent intensive fighting and airstrikes forced more than 212,000 people to leave their homes since December 2017, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Idlib, home to 2.7 million people including 1.2 million IDPs, was designated a “de-escalation zone” under the Astana agreement. However, attacks on civilians and infrastructure have continued with reported attacks on healthcare facilities and personnel, schools, and civil defense centers. At least four attacks on healthcare facilities and two attacks on education facilities have been reported.
“We are doing our best to meet the needs of IDPs. However, our health facilities are overloaded because of the mass displacement, and the low winter temperatures and the lack of shelter are contributing to a deterioration of the health situation of the IDPs,” said Dr. Abdulsalam Daif, SRD’s Country Director in Turkey.
SRD calls on the US Government, the United Nations and the international community to take action to deliver the necessary humanitarian aid to IDPs and make protection of civilians a priority.
Syria Relief and Development (SRD) was founded in November 2011 in response to the humanitarian crisis inside Syria that occurred as a result of conflict. Since then, SRD has worked to provide food and medical aid to Syrian families in need. SRD continues to work inside Syria and in neighboring Jordan to help meet the needs of the Syrian people.
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