The Syrian Arab Red Crescent calls upon the Security Council to put an end to the economic sanctions and to abide by its own resolution in order to alleviate the humanitarian suffering in Syria.
At the invitation of the State of India, the #SyrianArabRedCrescent, represented by its Secretary General Eng. Khaled Erksoussi, attended online the #SecurityCouncil meeting held on 24 August 2021.
The Secretary General talked about the difficulties faced by the SARC due to the impact of the #economic sanctions imposed on #Syria, despite the fact that the #humanitarian organizations are excluded from the sanction according to the Security Council resolutions. The sanctions and restrictive measures are impediment to the work of the Syrian Red Crescent aimed to alleviate the humanitarian suffering.
In the north east of Syria, the water crisis is yet another crisis that people there have to cope with. More than 1.1 million people are without#DrinkingWater because of lack of power to run Alouk #Water, the decreasing water level of Euphrates River and the severe drought.
Regarding our response in #Daraa, we are working hand in hand with the #UN ,#ICRC and #IFRC on preparing a humanitarian #convoy to meet the humanitarian basic needs of the people there.
He also passed on to the UN, a question by SARC’s President, Eng. Khaled Hboubati, concerning the crossline missions: “Why we couldn’t deliver the cross-line humanitarian convoys despite that we have obtained all the necessary approvals?” The crossline missions haven’t happened yet, noting that the Security Council has unanimously agreed on decision (2585) called for access in addition to the cross borders access and it stipulated that “all modalities possible should be used to reach the people in need”.
Unfortunately, the crossline part of the decision has not happened till today, despite obtaining all needed facilities and approvals from the Syrian government, but it seems that somebody wants to hinder the tremendous efforts of SARC.
The Secratary General noted that the health care system is unable to cope with the dramatically increased needs of civilians.
He stressed that the deterioration of #livelihoods of millions of #Syrians and economic difficulties constitute real #crisis for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in light of the outbreak of the Corona virus and the shortage of water and #electricity.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has always and still is committed to the preservation of human dignity; and it will keep providing the daily life-saving assistance and supporting the affected people, who are trying to build up a new life with dignity.