No materials entered, say notables from besieged neighborhoods of Syria’s Aleppo

ALEPPO NORTHERN COUNTRYSIDE, Syria (North Press) –  Notables of the Sheikh Maqsoud and Ashrafieh neighborhoods in Aleppo, northern Syria, denied the allegations of the Fourth Division of the government forces on the entry of materials into the two neighborhoods.

The checkpoints of the 4th Division  have prevented the entry of food, flour and oil products to the Sheikh Maqsoud and Ashrafieh neighborhoods since March 13.

 “This will definitely lead to a humanitarian disaster threatening the lives of thousands of  civilians living in the two neighborhoods. It is a policy of starvation and does not serve the unity of the Syrian people,” the statement said.

“The Fourth Division checkpoints impose royalties on the materials entered to the two neighborhoods. Those who enter the neighborhoods have to wait at the checkpoints for long hours under the pretext of checking identities,” the notables’ statement said.

What is happening now, according to the notables, is a systematic policy that threatens the lives of  nearly 200,000 civilians living in the two neighborhoods, amid the economic crisis the country is going through.

And as a response to the siege of the two neighbors in Aleppo, the Autonomous Administration has imposed strict measures and siege in the vicinity of the government-held areas in the cities of Hasakah and Qamishli.

The tribal notables called on the concerned authorities to solve the problem and remove the Fourth Division members from the checkpoints.

  The bakeries in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Maqsoud and Ashrafieh have suspended their work due to the lack of flour for about two weeks.

Reporting by Faya Milad