Dec 20, 2017, 3:28 PM
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ICRC voices concern over Eastern Ghouta conditions

Tehran, Dec 20, IRNA - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) voiced concern over human conditions in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

“Scores of civilians have been killed or injured since the latest spike in the hostilities began on November 14, with many civilian objects and houses being affected. Under International humanitarian law, these places must be spared during fighting,” according to ICRC website.

'The humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta has reached a critical point. As so often in Syria over the last 6 years, ordinary people are once again trapped in a situation where life slowly becomes impossible and where goods and aid are severely limited,' ICRC's Middle East director, Robert Mardini was quoted as saying.

'Chronic disease sufferers and people with severe injuries are struggling to access care. The sick and injured must not be used as pawns in negotiations between the different parties involved in the fighting. Medical attention must be promptly given to those who need it irrespective of who they are,”

'Some families can afford to eat only one meal a day, an especially sad situation for people with children. As a result, most people have been relying entirely on aid from humanitarian organizations,' he added.

'All warring parties must reach a solution that puts civilians first and allows humanitarian aid to reach the population on a regular basis. No military or political gains could justify this amount of suffering, whether in Eastern Ghouta or elsewhere in Syria.'

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