Spokesman for the Syrian Coalition Salem al-Meslet said that the international community’s resolutions are not worth the ink they were written in as they all have failed to compel the Assad regime to stop its crimes such as the ones taking place in the districts of Al-Hama and Qudsaya near Damascus. Regime forces have laid crippling siege on the two districts for over 20 days, threatening the residents with starvation and hunger.
Meslet demands that the UN Security Council to enforce resolution 2139 that calls for lifting the siege on all besieged areas in Syria and the immediate introduction of food aid, stressing that the siege of AL-Hama and Qudsaya is a new show of defiance by the Assad regime of the UN Security Council resolutions.
Activists inside the two districts warns of an imminent humanitarian disaster after bakeries stopped working completely due to regime forces’ blocking the entry of flour and fuel. Shops also closed down after they ran out of basic food items, such as rice, sugar, bulgur and wheat, amidst severe shortages of medical supplies.
The two districts, which observed a month-long truce with regime forces, are home to thousands of displaced people from the nearby areas. Two weeks ago, regime forces resorted to the blockade tactic rather than military escalation to starve the population and force them to surrender. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Al-Sharq al-Awsat)