Amman, Jordan, July 28, 2016 — In response to the announcement of humanitarian corridors for Syrians to flee the besieged city of Aleppo, the International Rescue Committee’s acting regional director Zoe Daniels released the following statement:
“The best way to immediately help the people of Aleppo is a ceasefire enabling lifesaving aid. The siege of Aleppo has left approximately 300,000 people at risk of starvation and limited access to medical supplies. The situation for residents inside besieged Aleppo City is dire: civilians are being killed, medical facilities continue to be attacked, and food and fuel are becoming scarce. The people of Aleppo should not be forced to choose between fleeing their homes and remaining under attack in a besieged area.”
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.