Humanitarian situation in Syria is deteriorating, says ICRC

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Damascus: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has issued a press release stating that the humanitarian situation in Syria deteriorated rapidly during September amid continuing violence.

According to release Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, Deir Ez-Zor and Rural Damascus are worst hit. Fighting has displaced tens of thousands, and many who had already left home have had to move again.

The head of the ICRC's Syria delegation Marianne Gasser said, "a lot of infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, making it harder for people to find the things they need in order to survive," particularly medical care and medical supplies.

Heavy fighting was reported in Syria's most populated city -- Aleppo -- where rebel forces launched a new offensive to evict government forces from their positions.

The Tawhid Brigade rebel faction said its members entered the Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood to fight pro-government Kurdish gunmen.

But state-run Syrian TV said government troops repulsed an attack on the neighborhood with the help of its residents.

Since the beginning of the year, the ICRC has worked with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to provided food for over a million people and essential household items to a quarter of a million. Over the same period, the ICRC and SARC have helped provide water for over a million people in the governorates of Damascus, Rural Damascus and Homs.
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