Syria: Stop violence against civilians, aid workers, EU says

Appeal to Damascus to let aid workers through, more intl donors

17 July, 17:13

(ANSAMed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 17 - The ''inhumane and illegal'' attacks on civilians and humanitarian aid workers in Syria must stop, EU Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response Kristalina Georgieva said today.

Between 1.5 and 2.5 million people need humanitarian assistance as a result of the Syria conflict. Of these, more than 100,000 are refugees in nearby countries, with 700-1,000 people fleeing Syria a day, Georgieva said. ''International food aid is reaching 850,000 people a month, but this has little meaning in the midst of constantly increasing violence,'' Georgieva said, adding that ''this vicious circle can only end if the violence does.'' Georgieva appealed to the Syrian government to give humanitarian aid workers a chance to do their job, including calling ''pauses in the fighting in combat areas'' and giving more authorizations to NGO rescue workers. The EU has allocated 47 million euros so far to relief and rescue missions in Syria, but more money is needed to face immediate emergencies, the Commissioner said, calling on the international community, and ''especially countries in the region,'' to step up their humanitarian aid donations.



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