Syria – Humanitarian access to Muadhamiya (October 22, 2013)
France continues, in all international forums, including at the Security Council, to demand that immediate, free and unrestricted access be granted to all populations in need, and that all parties comply with the rules of international humanitarian law.
France utterly condemns the siege of Ghouta and other towns in Rural Damascus, in particular the town of Muadhamiya. The UN agencies were able to evacuate around 3,000 people on Sunday, but at least the same number of civilians, including women and children, remain trapped in Muadhamiya, while the fighting and bombing continue.
France calls for compliance with an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Muadhamiya, in order to allow the UN agencies to evacuate the civilian populations and to deliver emergency humanitarian assistance.