The Syrian Coalition said that the Assad regime is the biggest beneficiary of the ISIS/Assad Regime siege on Deir Ezzor, as it seeks to play the role of the victim in front of the UN Security Council.
“We call upon UN relief organizations to put pressure on the Assad regime to immediately allow aid to civilians trapped inside the city, implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2139 which calls for the delivery of humanitarian aid to all besieged areas.”
The shortages of food, medical supplies and water cleaning agents and power outages have led to the outbreak of epidemics such as lice, scabies, hepatitis A and typhoid, forcing schools to close down.
The Syrian Coalition points out that the Assad regime rejects the Red Cross requests for the delivery of aid, food and medicine to civilians, numbering about 400,000, while ISIS prevents aid convoys from entering the city.
It is worth noting that journalists and human rights activists in early March launched a campaign titled “Lift The Siege of Deir Ezzor” to raise awareness of civilian suffering trapped in the districts of Al-Joura and Al-Qousur in the city after they imposed a siege and entered its third month.
The organizers said that this campaign has a humanitarian objective, namely lifting the siege on the city which “cannot be justified by any law nor be acceptable by a sound mind and or an upright approach.” The campaign also focuses on “the Assad regime’s exploitation and extortion of the trapped civilians amid severe shortage of basic needs, leaving them caught in the crossfire of the war between the two parties who compete in demonstrating their brutality and disrespect for human lives.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)