The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today that “Syrian government forces have laid siege for months to the town of Madaya, in Syria’s Rural Damascus Governorate, depriving roughly 20,000 residents of food and medicine and causing death by starvation.” MSF called for an immediate delivery of lifesaving medicine and medical evacuations, in addition to food supplies. “The siege has tightened into a complete stranglehold.…
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu has accused Russia of joining Bashar al-Assad’s regime in killing civilians in Syria, calling on the world not to remain silent on this “injustice”. Davutoglu said that Russia has become a partner of the Syrian regime, which is brutally bombing civilians in Syria, and the world should not tolerate a situation where Syrians are fleeing the bombing of the Assad regime and his allies, as…
 France said it “utterly condemns” the siege imposed by the Assad regime on the town of Madaya, near the Lebanese border. A statement issued yesterday by the French Foreign Ministry said that “while the 40,000 inhabitants of the town are starving to death, the regime is refusing access to the town by any humanitarian organizations. This situation is untenable and unacceptable.” “France calls for an immediate end to this siege…
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir reiterated the Kingdom’s determination to continue extending its full support to the Syrian people “in securing their rights and freedom, and bringing the changes that they aspired for to their country.” In a press statement following a meeting with the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in Riyadh on Tuesday, Al-Jubeir said that “the UN envoy’s visit to the Kingdom is an opportunity to…
Gareth Bayley, the UK Special Representative for Syria, said “sieges must be lifted to save lives and bring Syria closer to a political solution,” adding that “starving civilians is an inhumane tactic used by Asad and his allies.” In a series of comments posted earlier today on twitter, Bayley said that “a six-month siege in Madaya by militias supporting Assad regime is slowly staving 40,000 civilians to death. Food aid…
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