Regime's contradictory statement on Madaya besiegement

Regime claims that no one cares about Syrian people more than Assad regime

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Man carries an injured child amidst rubble near a burning vehicle in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015

United Nations Security Council met on Friday to discuss Syria’s blockade of some 400,000 people where the regime claimed that no one cares more about the Syrian people than Bashar al Assad’s regime.

The UN says half of the 400,000 people in Syria are in DAESH controlled areas and some 180,000 are in regime areas, about 12,000 are in areas controlled by opposition groups.

The besiegement of Madaya by pro-Assad regime forces has claimed the lives of 35 people and after images of starving children emerged, the UN agreed to meet in council.

The regime's deputy UN envoy Mounzer Mounzer told the 15 member council that Syria's regime is most mindful of it’s people.

"No one can claim to care more about our people than we do, no other country,” he added.

A UN official reported seeing malnourished residents when an aid convoy reached Madaya for the first time in months, government held villages of Foua and Kafraya in the Idlib province also received humanitarian aid.

Local sources cited by Turkey’s Anadolu Agency say that at least 13 Syrian towns and villages under siege by Bashar al Assad’s Syrian regime are now facing starvation.

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The UN aid chief Kyung Wha Kang told the council "it is however, shared by those that conduct military activities in or from populated areas, thereby using civilians as shields and placing them in harm’s way.”

Syria’s warring parties, particularly the regime, are committing “atrocious acts” and “unconscionable abuses” against civilians, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Thursday.

According to the United Nations, more than 250,000 people have been killed, a contradictory number which Syrian Observatory Human Rights gives to be 350,000, and 6.6 million people have been displaced and 13.5 million people need humanitarian assistance in Syria.

Kang criticised the Syrian regime for the slow and bureaucratic procedures that have been imposed on humanitarian operations saying it “must be simplified and streamlined.”

TRTWorld, Reuters