Syria: Concern for civilians forced to flee their homes in Adra

Publié: 27 janvier 2014 10:29 CET

By Vivian Tou’meh, SARC

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) remains deeply concerned about the plight of Adra residents displaced due to fighting in the area.

"Over the last two weeks, our teams assisted thousands of civilians displaced by fighting in the Adra area, northeast of Damascus," said Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar, SARC president. "However, the humanitarian situation in and around Adra remains grim and much more needs to be done."

Starting on 29 December, SARC Rural Damascus teams supported by colleagues from the Damascus Branch worked continuously to deliver much needed aid. Adra residents displaced by the fighting were accommodated in temporary shelters located in an industrial area outside of Adra City, where SARC teams distributed over 14,000 food parcels, 31,000 blankets, 7,000 mattresses and 4,500 hygiene kits, in addition to towels, baby and elderly diapers, clothes, candles, kitchen sets and bread. They have also provided first aid to 500 people, as well as health services and medical supplies to over 8,000 people.

SARC staff and volunteers were working around the clock to ensure that 30,000 people have access to clean drinking water through distributing more than 90,000 bottles of mineral water, providing shelters with water tanks, and delivering water to displaced people by truck.

A hygiene awareness campaign was conducted at the shelters where SARC has also provided waste management supplies.

The response in Adra has been supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Danish Refugee Council, World Food Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

All parties to the conflict must meet their obligations under international humanitarian law and allow and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief intended for civilians.