Dozens of forcibly displaced persons residing in the Al-Teh camp in rural Idlib staged a protest in response to Russia’s veto at the UN Security Council, resulting in the obstruction of vital humanitarian aid entry across the border.
The demonstrators voiced their opposition to the Assad regime’s control over UN assistance. They said that the Assad regime is responsible the deaths and displacement of countless Syrians, as well as the devastation of their cities and towns. They raised banners bearing messages such as “We’d rather starve than eat from the hands of those who murdered and displaced us.”
Other placards conveyed sentiments such as “UN aid requires no permission, the oppressor lacks mercy, Russia bears guilt, the free people decline aid from the murderous Assad regime, we shun aid tied to our executioner, the Russian veto signifies a siege and starvation of the Syrian people, the Russian veto becomes a weapon against Syrians.”
Previously, hundreds of individuals had staged sit-in protests in Al-Bab, a town in rural Aleppo, and in close proximity to the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing in rural Idlib. Their objective was to condemn the ongoing halt of cross-border aid access into northwestern Syria.
The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) underlined the unacceptability of permitting Russia to transform a fundamentally humanitarian concern into a subject of political negotiation, utilizing it as a means of leverage to secure gains for the Assad regime at the expense of the well-being of the Syrian people.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)