The most difficult humanitarian situation is observed in the territories that are not under the control of Damascus, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Vershinin said during an online meeting of the UN Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria.
“It is also noteworthy that the most difficult situation is developing in areas not controlled by Damascus in the north-west, north and north-east of Syria, for which, I remind you, are de facto occupying countries and local authorities,” the diplomat emphasized. He is quoted by TASS.
He added that the Russian authorities share the alarming assessments of the humanitarian and socio-economic situation in Syria, which are expressed by the UN and other international organizations. According to him, about 90% of the country’s population lives below the poverty line, and 60% is undernourished. About 2 million children are denied access to education.
Vershinin also said that terrorists in the Idlib de-escalation zone “are actually using peaceful Syrians as hostages” in order to have access to humanitarian aid. According to him, the militants are levying a “tribute” on humanitarian aid and cruelly oppressing civilians.
In early March, it was reported that in Idlib, local residents clashed with militants who arrived in the Irkhab settlement for forced recruitment into the ranks of pro-Turkish gangs.