There are currently nearly 900,000 Syrians living under siege in Syria. Of these, 99% are being denied vital aid by the Syrian regime. Besieged communities are deprived of vital necessities like food, water, medication, access to doctors, and sanitation. They are not allowed to move freely and almost nothing is allowed in. Under siege, dozens of Syrians have died of malnutrition, starvation, and treatable diseases. While trapped inside besieged communities, they are relentlessly attacked by Syrian regime and Russian airstrikes, with nowhere to go and little medical access. The regime has systematically prevented aid from reaching besieged populations, and has even openly attacked humanitarian aid convoys.
19 September 2016 Syrian Aid Red Crescent attack.
With the regime denying access to besieged populations, and often removing vital items from aid packages, many Syrians are asking for immediate airdrops of critical aid to besieged areas.
2. Break the sieges
All sieges should be lifted immediately, allowing freedom of movement for people and goods.
3. Protect aid workers and medical personnel
Aid workers, hospitals and doctors have been disproportionately targeted by parties to the conflict. Agreements must be reached ensuring their safety and unrestricted access to people in need.
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