The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that more than 250,000 people in besieged eastern Aleppo are facing dwindling supplies of food, medicine, water and fuel as a result of the suffocating siege imposed by Assad’s forces and the Iranian-backed foreign militias on the rebel-held parts of the city. The Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies have constantly bombed the city since they announced the launch of a large-scale offensive in November 15.
All ten of eastern Aleppo’s hospitals are closed or barely functional, depriving thousands of people of access to life-saving trauma care, major surgeries, and treatment for other serious health conditions, WHO warned.
The organization said that an estimated 31,500 people have had to flee eastern Aleppo since mid-November due to the deteriorating humanitarian situation.
Living conditions in eastern Aleppo continue to worsen as regime forces and their allied foreign militias have tighten the siege imposed on the rebel-held parts of the city for over three months. In addition to hospitals, the relentless aerial bombardment forced all schools in eastern Aleppo to close down and destroyed two civil defense centers.
The Organization confirmed that all ten hospitals in the eastern Aleppo now either have closed or are barely working, depriving thousands of individuals have access to life-saving care for major surgical operations, and treatment of other serious health conditions.
On November 29, rescue workers in eastern Aleppo said they have exhausted their fuel reserves, warning that all fuel remaining in their vehicles and equipment will run out within two days. Rescue workers also lost equipment and vehicles used to rescue civilians from under the rubble of bombed buildings.
Aleppo civil defense corps declared Aleppo a disaster area as the ferocious bombing raids by the Assad regime and Russian forces continue unabated since November 15. It warned of an imminent humanitarian disaster in besieged areas. “These civilians have no access to basic food materials and medicines…Moreover, the available houses or shelters are not adequate to accommodate and protect them.”
Aleppo’s civil defense called on all humanitarian, aid and medical organizations to immediately intervene to put an end to the humanitarian disaster affecting civilians in the besieged neighborhoods. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office + Agencies)