Syria – Humanitarian situation in Yarmouk (March 19, 2014)
More than two weeks after the last delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, under siege by the Syrian army, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has finally been able to deliver food and vaccines.
These deliveries are not enough. The humanitarian organizations must have free and unrestricted access to all populations in need, as required by UNSCR 2139, adopted unanimously on February 22.
The regime continues to inflict suffering on the Syrian people by using starvation as a method of warfare. More than 230,000 people are under siege. 3 million are in areas that are difficult to access. Almost 10 million Syrians, i.e. half the population, require emergency assistance.
The Security Council will meet at the end of March in order to hear the UN Secretary-General’s report, and, in the case of non-compliance with resolution 2139, draw the consequences. France will fully assume its responsibilities.