The UN recognizes that “thousands” of people may have died of inanicin in besieged areas
is expected Monday, third day of ceasefire which is maintained even with tmidas gaps, food and medicine reach besieged areas, the most needy. United Nations, which has harshly criticized the strategy fences implemented in the country at war, is preparing to take advantage of the partial cessation of hostilities spreading humanitarian aid to 154,000 people during the next five days.
According to AFP, the high commissioner of the UN for Human Rights, Zeid Riaad Hussein, acknowledged Monday that “thousands” may have died from inanicin in areas besieged Syria, where nearly of half a million people. Zeid recalled that cause famine deliberately is prohibited as a weapon of war, and, by extension, also it estn sieges.
United Nations was the subject of criticisms in early 2016 when met by reporters Madaya , a town near the Lebanese border since October had barely get help because of the blockade of pro-government forces. The international pressure LOGR Damascus approve the entry of food and basic products, although as after it was reported the Syrian government has continued to put obstacles to the introduction of some medicines.
Now with a ceasefire agreed between forces loyal to Bashar Asad and 97 opposition brigades – are discarded car called state Islmico, the Front Nusra and other smaller formations related – preparations are finalized to reach more humanitarian aid. The UN estimates that 1.7 million people benefited habrn of these provisions by the end of March. Earlier this month the resumption of dialogues for peace in Geneva prev.
The humanitarian coordinator of the UN, Yacub the Hillo, has referred to the truce decreed as “the best opportunity the Syrian people have had in the last five years for lasting peace and stability. ” His organization plans to deliver food, water and medicine to cities like Madaya one of the most affected by the famine . The action requires agreement between the opponents. More difficult to be deliver in Deir ez-Zor, since it is the Islmico State who besieges.
“First, try to deliver the food by land, because it is the most effective way, is the way in which larger amounts of can distribute food, but there are other areas of the country where we can not traversing the front lines, “said the BBC Greg Barrow, a spokesman for the World food Programme. Be achieved, even in the middle of a precarious cease-fire, to be a unique occasion in years to treat the overwhelming humanitarian crisis in Syria.
A truce that stays with clamps
On the ground, the crossed accusations of violating the ceasefire , driven by Russia, the US and the United Nations have continued during Monday. Media reported that pro opponents, Sunday evening, pro-Assad forces bombed chlorine gas – stifling chemist – the town of Irbin, east of Damascus, the Syrian capital. In a nearby area, controlled by an ultra conservative militia, fighting between the Syrian army and rebels were reported.
Opponents also denounced new areos bombing in newer hours in the provinces of Idlib and Hama. It has been reported that there have been civilian victims in all these attacks, although the difficulty in verifying part of what happens in Syria by the lack of access does not allow clarification. Nor it has detailed if the attacked areas Front Nusra, Al Qaeda in Syria, which shares territory with brigades s undergo the ceasefire operates.
However, opposition sources have described the cessation of hostilities as “positive” but announced the sending of a formal letter to the UN to point out the violations committed to date. In the note, the High Committee of Negotiations, which includes the opposition in exile, acus the Syrian government and its allies of “24 violations artillery bombardment five ground operations […] in 26 areas in the hands of the moderate opposition […] with 29 fatal victims. “
Russia, meanwhile, has retrado the rebels have broken the ceasefire nine times. “Overall, the regime to cease weapons in Syria is being implemented,” nuance on Sunday Russian Lieutenant General Sergei Kuralenko. Washington, which like Moscow has established centers of oversight and liaison to maintain communications and investigate these breaches of the truce, it has been assumed that “ is inevitable relapses ” during this period.