International Committee of the Red Cross warns of worsening crisis in Syria

The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned of a worsening crisis in northeast Syria. Apart from the global crisis of the coronavirus pandemic, shortage of food, water and depleted health services add to the miseries of the civilians.

Karim Mahmoud, ICRC office head in the city of Hasakeh, said, “For millions of people in northeast Syria, consequences of fighting, shortages of water, food and medicine, a lack of electricity, the economic downturn with job losses and price hikes are as much of a worry as coronavirus.”

Fabrizio Carboni, ICRC’s Regional Director, said “there’s a risk that profound crises will worsen, hidden in plain sight, while the world’s attention is on” the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Food Programme says, over 50 percent of the local population in northeast Syria is believed to be food insecure, which means they consume less than 2,100 calories a day.

The World Food Programme Spokeswoman, Jessica Lawson said that the high proportion was “due to the heavy fighting that took place in this part of Syria over the past few years”.

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