The Syrian Coalition warned of a possible increase in the death toll among children and the elderly in the town of Madaya as a result of the scarcity of food, infant formula, and medicine needed to treat epidemics and diseases resulting from the blockade. The Coalition said it received worrying reports earlier today about the situation in Madaya.
In a statement released earlier today, the Syrian Coalition urged the United Nations to designate the situation in Madaya, Zabadani and Muadamiyah, where more than 90,000 civilians are trapped, “a humanitarian disaster requiring urgent international humanitarian intervention.” The Coalition said: “Life-saving aid must be airdropped to the civilians trapped inside long as Assad regime and Hezbollah militias continue to block the entry of relief aid through land routes.”
The Syrian Coalition’s calls came at a time when reports are coming from medics and activists on the ground about the grave humanitarian situation in the town of Madaya in Rural Damascus, where Hezbollah militias and the Assad regime are blocking entry of humanitarian aid into the town.
The Syrian Coalition called upon the Arab League to discuss the situation in Madaya and other besieged towns “as a matter of urgency during its ministerial meeting on Sunday, January 10; take the necessary actions to put an end the siege; and condemn the siege as a crime.”
Moreover, the Syrian Coalition called upon international human rights organizations and relief agencies “to do more to help Syrian civilians besieged by the Assad regime and the Hezbollah militia by all possible means.”
The Coalition’s statement concluded by urging the international community, along with friends of the Syrian people, to shoulder their responsibilities towards the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian Coalition)