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Syria: NGOs denounce international inaction over -humanitarian drama- in Idlib

May 31st 2019

Syrian NGOs decried on Friday the inaction of the international community amid mounting violence in Idlib, saying it had triggered the biggest wave of displaced people since the war began.

At a press conference in Istanbul on May 31st, representatives of these NGOs described a worsening humanitarian drama in the province, saying that in addition to the dozens of civilian deaths, the bombings had driven more than 300,000 people from their homes to the Turkish border and that "more than 200,000 of them live in olive groves" because there are no places in refugee camps.

"The latest offensive began in March and has amplified since April 26, turning into a daily massacre," said Raed Saleh, head of the White Helmets. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH), about 950 people, one-third of them civilians, were killed in a month of continuing military escalation in Idlib - the last region outside state control apart from Syria's Kurdish-dominated north-east.

"The entire world is watching the massacre unfold and stays silent. The United Nations hasn't raised a finger," said Mohamed Zahid al-Masri, a representative of the Syrian NGO Alliance (SNA). In a joint statement, Syrian NGOs called on the Security Council to "act quickly to stop the current escalation and impose a diplomatic component to reach a political settlement." the Syrian human rights organizations urged the United Nations agencies and "donor countries" to "intervene immediately" to deal with the crisis "humanitarian" resulting from the bombing.

The Union of Relief and Medical Organizations (UOSSM) recalls the catastrophic health conditions in which the local populations live in Idleb and Hama. As hospital bombings continue, the union appealed for help to fund mobile clinics.