18 June 2015
Geneva/Damascus – (ICRC) Around 40,000 people are in urgent need of basic services including water and electricity in the Syrian town of Moadamiyah, near Damascus. The town has been cut off from the rest of the country for several months. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) managed to enter the town this week and deliver aid for the first time since December 2014.
“The humanitarian situation is desperate,” said the head of the ICRC in Syria, Marianne Gasser. “The streets are totally empty, shops closed. There is virtually no water and food is hard to come by. There has not been electricity in the city for two years. There is virtually no access to proper health care.”
The ICRC and SARC brought in medicines for chronic diseases to treat around 5,000 patients; medicines for children; and medical equipment to help pregnant women during delivery. “But this is not enough. We need to come back soon with more aid for the civilians, whether it is food or basic medical materials,” said Ms Gasser.
The ICRC and SARC continue to work in different parts of Syria, crossing front lines, bringing in aid and providing support. During the past week, food was delivered to collective kitchens run by SARC, NGOs and other charities in and around Aleppo: the food is sufficient to feed more than 120,000 people. In Hassakeh, which remains inaccessible by road, ICRC and SARC delivered medical equipment which was air-lifted from Damascus to health facilities in the governorate.
For more information about our activities in Syria, visit https://www.icrc.org/en/where-we-work/middle-east/syria
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Rafiullah Querishi, ICRC Damascus, tel : +963 993 700 874
Dibeh Fakhr, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 37 23 or +41 79 447 37 26
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