NGOs urge immediate global response to crisis in NE Syria

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – More than a hundred Syrian organizations urged on Thursday the international community to alleviate the suffering of the affected population in northern and northeastern Syria due to Turkish shelling that targeted all cities and towns in those areas.

The non-governmental organizations said in a joint statement that the international community “must join us in calling for an urgent response to alleviate the suffering of the affected population, restore essential services, and promote long-term recovery and stability in North and East Syria.”

In mid-January, Turkey bombarded areas along the border held by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), severely damaging infrastructure facilities, and civilian properties, as well as causing injuries.

They further added that the humanitarian crisis in the region has reached a critical level, requiring immediate attention and assistance from the international community.

Due to the recent Turkish attacks infrastructure facilities, access to essential services such as gas, water, and electricity has become so limited in some areas and non-existent in others.

The statement highlighted that the absence of key services would impact sectors such as health, education, security, and community safety.

The signatory organizations believe that addressing the humanitarian crisis in the region requires collective efforts from the international community, as the impact of Turkish bombardment on the region exceeds the capacity of the organizations to deal with.

They emphasized the necessity for governments, non-governmental organizations, and international entities to come together to provide immediate assistance and long-term solutions.

In conclusion, they expressed hope that international human rights organizations would play a crucial role in responding to the crisis in the region. This includes monitoring human rights violations, advocating for the protection of civilian populations, listening to the voices of those affected by Turkish attacks, and taking necessary steps to effectively address the crisis.

By Saad al-Yaziji