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Syria: A human tragedy

Thursday 29th Aug 2013 | Latest News, Middle East

On Thursday (29 August) ICRC spokesperson Dibeh Fakhr said:

"The situation in Syria is a human tragedy with alarming consequences.  The human suffering has reached unprecedented levels and there appears to be no end in sight.  The humanitarian needs are immense.  There are acute shortages of vital medical supplies, food and water especially in areas that have been sealed off since months now and to which the ICRC and Syria Arab Red Crescent has not been given access.

Together with the Syria Arab Red Crescent, we remain committed to respond to the needs wherever they are, whatever they might be, provided that humanitarian action can take place and that we are given unconditional access to all areas.

International humanitarian law strictly prohibits the use of chemical weapons.  Any use of such weapons is a serious violation of the law of war.

The parties to the conflict must ensure a rapid and unimpeded access of humanitarian access to the civilians in need.  Also the wounded and sick, whether civilians or combatants, have the right to medical care without any delay."

 

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Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Length: 2:22

Format: Mpeg2 / 16:9 / HD

Production: Nicola Fell

Sound: English/Arabic

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SOUNDBITE: Dibeh Fakhr, ICRC spokesperson (in English)

0:00 "The situation in Syria is a human tragedy with alarming consequences.  The human suffering has reached unprecedented levels and there appears to be no end in sight.  The humanitarian needs are immense.  There are acute shortages of vital medical supplies, food and water especially in areas that have been sealed off since months now and to which the ICRC and Syria Arab Red Crescent has not been given access.

Together with the Syria Arab Red Crescent, we remain committed to respond to the needs wherever they are, whatever they might be, provided that humanitarian action can take place and that we are given unconditional access to all areas.

International humanitarian law strictly prohibits the use of chemical weapons.  Any use of such weapons is a serious violation of the law of war.

The parties to the conflict must ensure a rapid and unimpeded access of humanitarian access to the civilians in need.  Also wounded and sick, whether civilians or combatants, have the right to medical care without any delay."

SOUNDBITE: Dibeh Fakhr, ICRC spokesperson (in Arabic)

1- الوضع في سورية مأساة إنسانية تنذر بعواقب وخيمة. المعاناة الإنسانية بلغت مستويات غير مسبوقة ولا تبدو أي نهاية لها. الإحتياجات الإنسانية هائلة. هناك حاجة ماسة ونقص حاد في الإمدادات الطبيّة الحيويّة والأغذية والمياه، خصوصاً في المناطق المعزولة منذ أشهر والتي لم يسمح للّجنة الدولية للصليب الأحمر والهلال الأحمر العربي السوري بالوصول إليها.

2-   اللجنة الدولية للصليب الأحمر والهلال الأحمر العربي السوري على أهبّة الاستعداد لتلبية كل الإحتياجات أينما كانت وايّاً كانت، شريطة أن يسمح لنا القيام بعملنا الإنساني وأن يسمح لنا بالوصول غير المشروط إلى الأماكن حيث الإحتياجات هائلة اليوم.

3- يحظر القانون الدولي الإنساني إستخدام الأسلحة الكيميائيّة. إي استخدام لهذه الأسلحة أو لأسلحة مشابهة هو إنتهاكاً جسيماً للقانون الدولي الإنساني. يتوجب على أطراف النزاع بموجب هذا القانون السماح بوصول المساعدات الإنسانية الى المدنيين بدون أي عوائق. كما يحق للجرحى والمرضى سواء أكانوا من المدنيين أو من المقاتلين بالحصول على الرعاية الطبية بدون أي تأخير.

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