The local council in the area of Swaissa in Quneitra province on Tuesday appealed to aid groups operating in southern Syria to intervene immediately and provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced people and local residents of the area.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the council said that impoverished residents of the area cannot afford heating means amid a near absence of the role of humanitarian organizations. It noted that majority of the residents of the area are people who were displaced from the Yarmouk basin in Dara’a province and Rural Damascus.
Head of the local council Ratib Al-Qarayan told Smart News Network that the area is home to around 32,000 people and nearly 9,000 displaced persons, making it the largest concentration of displaced people in Quneitra province.
Qarayan pointed out that there is no any other means to provide assistance to residents of the area amid increasing need for basic necessities to meet the needs of the displaced people and the local population. He expressed fear their appeals will fall on deaf ears as was the case with previous ones.
In early November, the administration of the Karama IDPs camp in the town of Rafid south of Quneitra appealed to aid organizations to provide the camp with tents and heating means with the approach of winter. Displaced people in the Breiqa, Aqqasha, and Kharab IDPs camps in late July held demonstrations to protest against lack of response from aid groups.
Dozens of displaced people in Breiqa, Aqqasha, and Kharab IDPs camps in Quneitra suffer dire humanitarian conditions because of the lack of support which has caused the situation of health and education in the area to deteriorate. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)