The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the intensification of violence in recent days around a detention facility in Sina’a, Hassakeh city, and calls for unhindered humanitarian access to ensure that emergency assist

Tens of thousands of people had to flee their homes and seek safety in neighboring areas following the recent violent escalation in Hassakeh, northeast Syria.

“With temperatures dropping below freezing in northeast Syria, we are deeply concerned about the situation of people forced to flee their homes who need access to shelter, food, water, health services and above all a safe environment,” said Christophe Martin, the head of ICRC’s delegation in Syria.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is running ambulance services and have assisted in evacuating many families and placing them in host communities or temporary shelters. Water and hundreds of essential household items were distributed in the areas where displaced people gathered. The ICRC also donated medical supplies for the SARC mobile clinic to support the displaced families. The ICRC and the SARC will continue to follow the humanitarian situation on the ground, assess the needs and respond accordingly.

“Civilians and people not taking part in hostilities should be spared from harm and allowed safe passage,” states Mr. Martin.

Armed hostilities in densely populated areas are bound to result in an unbearably high human cost. The ICRC therefore urges all parties to take every possible measure to protect civilians and their properties, and allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need. The ICRC stresses that persons not or no longer taking a direct part in hostilities, such as the sick, the wounded, persons deprived of their liberty and civilians, must be respected and protected in all circumstances, without adverse distinction.

For more information, please contact:
Imene Trabelsi (Beirut): M. +961 3 13 83 53

Source : Icrc