UN call for urgent evacuation of 400 patients in Syria ‘close to death’

Five-month-old twins Farah and Marah wait for their parents to receive milk distributions from a medical center in the Hamoria area, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh SEARCH "KHABIEH MALNUTRITION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. - RC196C9F31B0

Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 15 November 2017| 25 Safar 1439

The United Nations has called for the evacuation of more than 400 people in eastern Ghouta, Damascus. They stressed that if immediate action is not taken, 29 individuals, 18 of which are children, will die.

The UN Human Right’s statement continued saying that under international law, the Syrian regime is responsible for the treatment of patients and wounded individuals in eastern Ghouta. They are also responsible for the safe delivery of essential medical and nutritional supplies.

Speaking to reporters, Jan Egeland, the Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria said: “Around 400 men, women, children… need to be evacuated now.

“We cannot continue like that. If we only get a fraction of what is needed it will be a complete catastrophe,” he added.

Source – Al Arabiya