The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) condemned an attack on Saturday against a humanitarian convoy that was heading to the town of Harasta in the outskirts of Damascus. A staff member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was wounded in the attack.
In a press release issued on Sunday, ICRC said that the 37-truck convoy from the ICRC, Syrian Arab Red Crescent, and the United Nations was heading to deliver food, medicine and daily essentials to 11,000 people in the besieged town of Harasta. Residents in Harasta have not received any humanitarian aid for nearly eight months, ICRC said.
“As the convoy approached the town at around 7 pm, a shooting took place and a staff member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was seriously wounded,” ICRC said. According to FSA sources, the attack took place in area under the control of regime forces.
“The ICRC reminds all parties in Syria of their obligations to protect and respect humanitarians as well as the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems,” ICRC added.
ICRC went on: “Renewed security guarantees are needed in order to proceed with this planned aid delivery. The ICRC remains committed to responding to people’s needs in East Harasta and elsewhere in Syria.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)