The new escalation of the siege in Eastern Ghouta has taken a disturbing toll on the civilian population of approximately 400,000. At least 500 patients are in desperate need of evacuation with life-threatening conditions. The number of deaths from preventable disease has increased significantly. The humanitarian catastrophe is compounded by food aid and medical supply lines being cut off for months. Starvation is rampant and doctors are out of medicine, supplies and equipment.
"The horrors faced by the children of Ghouta are unimaginable. Karim's story is just one of many that could have been prevented. He will have to suffer with this affliction his whole life. The international community should be ashamed that this is allowed to happen with impunity. It must stop now!" Said Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Chairman of UOSSM International
In the strongest possible terms, UOSSM calls for:
1) The immediate evacuation of critically ill children in Eastern Ghouta.
2) Impartial and safe humanitarian access to deliver food and medical aid to Eastern Ghouta through humanitarian corridors.
3) The medical evacuation for nearly 500 critically ill patients in Eastern Ghouta.
4) The protection of civilians in Eastern Ghouta under International Humanitarian Law and and an immediate end to the siege on civilians.
UOSSM demands all parties fully respect international and humanitarian laws, in particular UN security council resolutions: 2258 (2015), 2165 (2014), 2139 (2014)