The United Nations renewed calls for the urgent medical evacuation of some 500 people in besieged eastern Ghouta in the Damascus suburbs.
“Our humanitarian colleagues say they remain very concerned about the situation inside besieged eastern Ghouta in Syria, where airstrikes are being reported daily and where citizens remain in desperate need of humanitarian aid and medical evacuation,” Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary‑General told reporters on Wednesday.
“On 18 December, two days ago, an infant girl reportedly died in eastern Ghouta due to a critical health condition and lack of appropriate medical treatment,” Dujarric added.
The Assad regime does not allow the United Nations teams to evacuate the critically sick and wounded from eastern Ghouta who need urgent medical treatment.
The Assad regime forces and their allied foreign militias have laid tightened siege on eastern Ghouta since 2013. Since early November, Assad’s air force has launched a brutal bombing on towns and villages in the area, leaving scores of civilians killed and injured as well causing massive destruction to residential buildings.
Civilians trapped in eastern Ghouta, especially children, suffer lack of food and medical supplies. The bombardment has aggravated the health conditions in the area as at least 16 children have so far died due to severe shortages of food and medical supplies. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)