Wednesday 07th February 2018 11:51 AM
Press Statement from the Syrian non-governmental organizations and networks on the assault on health facilities and civilians in Idlib
Lack of sufficient response to eastern Ghouta and the need for change
Gaziantep – 9 March 2018: An inter-agency convoy of forty-six trucks carrying health and nutrition supplies has entered Douma city on 5 March 2018 supposedly to be enough for 27,500 people1 of the 393,000 trapped in eastern Ghouta. The same day of the convoy recorded the highest daily toll since 24th February2 in which at least 100 were killed including a dentist, Dr. Ahmad Wahbah3. This convoy came despite the conflict and the slaughter of civilians in eastern Ghouta are ongoing4.
Since 18 February, eastern Ghouta has been under a monstrous campaign of annihilation and humanitarian situation is extremely deteriorating. 719 people have been killed5, many of them children, and other 5,642 have been injured in intense aerial attacks by Syrian regime and its allies on the besieged enclave.
In addition to the removal of 70% of medical supplies from the convoy by Syrian regime, the UN has reported that 14 trucks out of forty-six returned to Damascus without being fully offloaded, leading to nearly half of the food6 carried on the convoy could not be delivered.
It is known since 2014 that removal of essential medical items and life-saving assistance from United Nations inter-agency convoys has been a regular practice by the Syrian regime. No official report was ever published clarifying the reasons, while in principle, parties to the conflict have no right to interfere in the response.
According to a UN statement issued on 4 March 2018, the UN and their partners have received approval to deliver assistance for 70,000 people in need in Douma. However, the Syrian and Russian forces did not allow secure, unhindered and sustained access for United Nations’ and their partners’ humanitarian convoys, including medical and surgical supplies. This violates what is demanded by UNSC resolution 2401.
The undersigned NGOs are requesting United Nations office in Damascus to answer the following:
1. In the application of UNSC resolution 2401, what are the measures United Nations will apply to ensure parties to the conflict in Syria stop interfering in humanitarian assistance formulation and delivery. How UN will ensure that the rest of the convoy approved for 70,000 population in Douma is going to be delivered according to the assessed people’s need not Syrian regime agenda?
2. Clarify reasons for asking for the cessation of hostilities to have access to people in need in Syria7, while proved on 5 March 2018 that aid could be delivered despite the ongoing conflict.
Syrian NGO Alliance represented in:
- Al Sham Humanitarian Foundation – AHF.
- Big Heart Foundation.
- Binaa Organization for Development.
- Ghiras Al Nahda.
- Ghiras Foundation for Child Care.
- Hand In Hand for Syria.
- Ihsan for Relief and Development – IRD.
- Masrrat – The Syrian Establishment For Human Care & Enhancement.
- Physician Across Continents – PAC Turkey.
- Syrian Expatriate Medical Association – SEMA.
- Social Development International – SDI.
- Syria Relief and Development – SRD.
- Syria Relief – SR.
- Takaful Al Sham Charity Organization.
- Union of Relief and Medical Care Organizations – UOSSM.
- Violet Organization for Relief and Development.
- Shaml CSOs Coalition
- Syrian General Union
- Syria Relief Network
- Syrian Network for Human Rights
- Syrian Forum
- Syrian Associations Platform
- Syrian Feminist Lobby
- Alkawakibi Organization For Human Rights
- Syrians for Truth and Justice – STJ
- Provincial Council of Rural Damascus
- Space Of Peace
- The Syrian Organization for Human Rights and Legal Aid (Justice)
- Syria Center for Media and Freedom of Expression – SCM
- Ataa for Humanitarian Relief Association
- Humanitarian Relief Association
- International Supporting Woman Association
- Independent Doctors Association
- Ghiras Alkhaeer Humanitarian
- Alwafaa for Relief and Development
- Arzaq humanitarian foundation
- Sana community for supporting women
- Alseeraj for Development and Healthcare
- Barq Center for Consulting and Future Studies
- INSAN for Psychosocial Support
- Zumrud for Relief and Development
- Association AlBeer Humanity France
- Zeyd bin Sabit NGO
- Ehsas Relief Agency
- Adaleh Foundation
- Ahl Horan Association
- Himma Association
- Hayat Organization
- Palmyra Relief
- White Smile
- Insan Charity
- Syria: First batch of essential aid reaches people trapped in Eastern Ghouta (ICRC; 5 March 2018)
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401 (UNSCR; 24 February 2018)
- 94 Civilians Killed Today During First Aid Convoy Delivery In Months (UOSSM; 5 March 2018)
- Use of Besiegement as an Illegal War Tactic (SNA; 14 February 2018)
- Emergency report of Damascus and Rural Damascus Directorate of Health; 5 March 2018
- Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Eastern Ghouta, Syria; 6 March 2018
- Statement by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UN Representatives in Syria on the impact of the compounded humanitarian crisis in Syria; 6 February 2018