Syria, before and after earthquake
Just before the earthquake hit Syria, the Valdai Club released a status report on the heartbreaking humanitarian conditions.
Moscow is calling for an end to the policy of collective punishment of the Syrians and has urged its partners to start rebuilding the Syrian economy, writes Ivan Bocharov, RIAC Program Coordinator.
On January 9, 2023, the UN Security Council extended the cross-border mechanism for the supply of humanitarian aid to the north-western regions of Syria. According to Resolution 2672, the mechanism has been extended for six months, until July 10, 2023. Voting took place the day before the expiration of Resolution 2642, adopted in July 2022. Resolution 2672 was adopted unanimously, amid rather difficult humanitarian conditions for Syria.
Humanitarian situation in Syria
According to the UN, Syrians’ humanitarian needs are now at their highest since the conflict began in 2011. The humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR) has worsened because of the winter: Syrians are now facing high electricity and fuel prices. Government agencies have even had to suspend work in order to save electricity and fuel.
The outbreak of cholera, which caused alarm when it began to spread last autumn, has also had a negative impact on the humanitarian situation in Syria. In 2022, more than 60,000 people were infected as a result of the cholera epidemic in Syria. Water security issues remain relevant. Problems with access to clean water contribute to the spread of diseases and also worsen the food situation in the country. The UN World Food Programme noted that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has also exacerbated the food crisis in Syria.
The humanitarian crisis is likely to worsen due to the devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria in February 2023. As of February 10, 2023, the death toll from the natural disaster in Turkey exceeded 17,000; more than 70,000 people were affected. At least 1,347 people died in Syria, and more than 2000 people were hurt. The catastrophe also led to the destruction of thousands of buildings; about 300,000 Syrians have been forced to leave their homes.
The number of Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance is constantly increasing. According to the UN, in 2020 11.1 million people, in 2021 — 13.4 million Syrians, and in 2022 — about 14.6 million Syrians were dependent on humanitarian aid. Approximately 90% of the population were living below the poverty line. In 2023, the number of Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance reached 15.3 million.
If that is not bad enough, then the earthquake struck. This is what PressTV reports and there is not even an attempt to reduce the sheer emotional shock.
Sanctions keep Syrians under rubble
Today, the United States of America is the hub of global savagery, the source of absolute evil, and the real repository of terrorism that usurps peoples. After years of directing armed terrorist groups and seeking funding from Persian Gulf oil farms to destroy Syria, its infrastructure and foundations of the states entity, strike its service institutions and logistical equipment, provide a complete cover for DAESH and support it to tear the nations map through religious fascism, the American occupation sits on the Syrian oil wells, relying on its cheap tools to steal it.
It is truly a continuation of organized terrorism especially today as the US illegal sanctions and blockade on relief operations in Syria killed Syrians under the rubble in the aftermath of one of the most devastating earthquakes the levant has seen in more than 100 years.
The accumulated effects resulting from the Western sanctions imposed on Syria since 2011 constituted a major obstacle to the rapid response of civil defense teams and medical teams to rescue those trapped under the rubble of hundreds of housing units that collapsed on top of their residents in each of Aleppo, Latakia, Tartous and Hama.
In the current talk about the responsibility of Western sanctions for exacerbating the suffering of the Syrians as a result of the recent earthquake, unfortunately, the world needed a catastrophic event, such as the recent earthquake, to fathom that Western sanctions do increase the suffering and pain of Syrians.
And this is true. The earthquake did educate the world on the sheer inhumanity and imperial killing power of western sanctions. Led by China, there is now a worldwide cry-out to get done with unilateral sanctions, because these are not against the Regime, as the west so often parrots, but against every human being present in the sanctioned entity. AMLO from Mexico is now making it his task to end the embargo on Cuba.
I don’t care any longer about the black/white depictions of communism/socialism/capitalism by silly people. Our fight is against the empire and after many many years, we see a glimmer of hope with the non-stoppable move to multipolarity as a world structure. I trust these two pieces of information give you ammunition to fight in your own area. And now, for Palestine where a young Palestinian boy is killed regularly on a daily basis. And Yemen. We have a large part of our world to win back for humanity. How can this evil persist?
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