Syrian army blocks humanitarian medical assistance to Ghouta

On Monday March 5 a humanitarian aid convoy arrived in the besieged region of Eastern Ghouta, two weeks after the offensive operation was resumed by the Assad government forces, Radio Liberty reports.

The convoy included 46 trucks sent by the international Red Cross, the Syrian Red Crescent, and the UN.

The Syrian army allowed the humanitarian convoy to offload food for 27,000 needy Syrians out of Ghouta’s total population of roughly 400,000. However, according to the people in charge of the humanitarian mission, the soldiers did not allow them to offload medication for the wounded and sick.

The British newspaper The Guardian writes that the severe shortage of medical supplies will cause the death of people whose injuries or illnesses could have been treated.

Roughly 600 people have been killed and more than 2,000 wounded due to the Syrian government forces’ bombardment of Eastern Ghouta.

On February 24, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria in order to supply humanitarian aid and evacuate the wounded and those in need of medical assistance.

  Eastern Ghouta, Syria