Saudi Arabia has sent an urgent letter to the UN Secretary-General, President of the UN General Assembly, and the President of the Security Council urging action to address the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria.
The letter was on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and other countries and called for an end to the violations by the Assad regime against unarmed civilians.
The letter expressed deep concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, stressing the urgent need to allow the unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid and medical assistance to civilians in need in line with Security Council resolutions.
Meanwhile, the United States Congress yesterday overwhelmingly voted for sanctions on the Assad regime as well as their Iranian backers. The sanctions received support from both sides of the House.
US lawmakers have accused the Assad regime of war crimes with almost half a million people killed since the Syrian civil war broke out after Assad attempted to quash pro-democracy protests.
In addition to economic sanctions, the bill grants the State Department powers to assist in the collection of evidence for future war crimes trials against Syria and its backers.
The bill has been named the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act after a Syrian military photographer defected and leaked images of thousands of victims of the Assad regime that he had been ordered to photograph and document. (Source: Agencies)