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The situation in Eastern Ghouta worries NGOs

credit: Syrian Arab Red Crescent

(B2) The ICRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross, has launched an appeal against the worsening situation in the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus

The conflicts in the Eastern Ghouta region are of concern to humanitarian organisations. the International Committee of the Red Cross recently stressed the need to provide medical support – medicines and equipment – ​​to the region, “ several healthcare facilities have been affected ". Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC delegation in Syria, calls for " put an end to this murderous madness and insists that " Civilians must not be targeted. » In December, the ICRC was able to intervene in Eastern Ghouta, with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, and ensure the evacuation of 29 wounded civilians.

Humanitarian convoys in dribs and drabs

While no convoy had been able to access Eastern Ghouta since November 2017, the UN announced that on February 14 “a convoy from the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was able to distribute food, nutritional and health aid ". This convoy is the last and the only one to have passed. " A drop of water » in relation to the needs on site, a diplomat confirmed to B2. That is to say barely 3% “ of the 272.500 people in need in Eastern Ghouta “, according to the coordinator of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs (OCHA), Mr. Al-Za'tari.

Hospitals and clinics systematically bombed

Médecins Sans Frontières, for its part, denounced the bombing of 13 hospitals and clinics in Eastern Ghouta, in which it operates, in the space of three days (from February 18 to 21). “ The Syrian army routinely bans or withdraws anesthetics from the few UN/International Committee of the Red Cross convoys allowed inside the enclave » indicates a communicated long.

(NGV with CB and ES)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).