The Syrian Coalition calls upon the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to open a serious and transparent investigation into the food poisoning of 250 children and women in the town of Zabadani in Rural Damascus. They got food poisoning as a result of consuming expired high energy biscuits provided by the United Nations to residents in the besieged towns of Zabadani and Madaya.
An investigation into the incident conducted by the Zabadani local council has showed the expired food aid is responsible for the food poisoning as 320 of the 650 crates of the aid sent to the rebel-held towns of Zabadani and Madaya on October 18th contained expired high-energy biscuits.
The Syrian Coalition previously called on the United Nations to conduct an investigation into cases involving the regime forces’ seizure of aid intended for the displaced people in Syria. The aid, which was found in the army base of Al-Mastumah in rural Idlib after it was overrun by rebel fighters, include tents, food, stationery, blankets, and pillows. Several similar cases were reported in many places across Syria, but no UN investigation has been carried out yet.
An official source in the Syrian Coalition said that it is holding consultations to take legal action against those responsible for the food poisoning in Zabadani. (Source: Syrian Coalition)