UN Calls Weekly Ceasefire for 48 Hours in Syria

With the aim of sending aid to the civilians in areas of continuous conflict the international entity calls local truces


By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-07-22 | 17:46:50 EST
The Syrians need to stop the bombs and all possible humanitarian assistance deployment.The Syrians need to stop the bombs and all possible humanitarian assistance deployment. Photo: noticiasmvsZoom

Geneva. – This Thursday, the UN asked the United States, Russia and a group of countries with influence over Syria’s conflict for a negotiation of local truces with the armed forces operating in areas where the combats are constant, EFE reported.

Jan Egeland, humanitarian advisor to UN Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura asked for, at least, a 48-hour ceasefire to assist the ailing civilians.

He said that this decision would make possible to take vital supplies to localities besieged by governmental forces and their related militias or by rebel groups, as well as the eastern area of Aleppo, whose only way of access is blocked and no aid can be sent in there.

Fua, Kefraya, Madaya and Zabadani, as well as Eastern Aleppo are the most            troublesome for Egeland. The four previous towns had an arrangement held by Iran and an opposition armed group, which allowed the access of humanitarian equipment, but it collapsed in the last few months.

In fact, the UN delivered Madaya’s inhabitants reserves for a month last April 30th.

“A mother in Madaya has no food for the children. I think that’s the best way of saying it,” Egeland said.

Last July 7th the Syrian army seized the Castelo road, the only way in or out of Eastern Aleppo, therefore the 250 000 civilians living there are under a new armed siege.

The UN had deployed food supplies there, but there are warnings that these ones will do for a few weeks.  

Translated by ESTI

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