11 August 201617:26

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the humanitarian situation in Aleppo, Syria

1422-11-08-2016

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Recently there have been increased efforts to distort information about the situation in Aleppo, Syria. Some Western media claiming objectivity and impartiality have engaged in open speculation using unverified information from dubious sources. There is a growing chorus of accusations that the Syrian military and Russian Aerospace Force, which are fighting terrorism in Syria, are escalating the violence.

At the same time, the humanitarian disaster is deliberately being played up. However, the fact that a large-scale humanitarian operation is being carried out in Aleppo, including with Russia’s assistance, is obscured.

The Russian Centre for reconciliation of the warring sides delivered over 50 tonnes of food, basic necessities and medical supplies, as well as 93 tonnes of bottled water, to the city of Aleppo.

All seven humanitarian corridors for civilians and militants who are willing to lay down their arms are open around the clock. Ambulances and hot meal kitchens are deployed nearby. Supplies of drinking water and food are also available.

An additional humanitarian corridor for armed militants off Castello Road continues to operate.

The road leading to the northern outskirts of Aleppo via the Castello shopping centre was open to traffic on August 8.

It can now be safely used around the clock for uninterrupted delivery of food, water, fuel, medicine and other essentials to western and eastern Aleppo.

A station for forming humanitarian convoys for residents of Aleppo was set up outside the village of Handarat.

It can be used by anyone who is interested in sending humanitarian cargoes to the people of Aleppo.

To ensure the complete safety of humanitarian convoys headed for Aleppo, humanitarian “windows” will be open daily from 10 am to 1 pm local time, starting from August 11, where all the hostilities, including air and artillery strikes, will be suspended.

With these conditions now in place, we can, in conjunction with the Syrian authorities, secure safe passage for all organisations seeking to deliver humanitarian aid to Aleppo, where people are suffering from lack of food and medicine. We support the UN proposals to establish joint control over the delivery of humanitarian aid to Aleppo using Castello Road. Currently, our military experts continue to work on this issue with our UN and US colleagues.

We are open to constructive dialogue with all parties interested in achieving a settlement in Syria. We are convinced that there can only be a political solution to the internal conflict in Syria.

Russia strongly supports the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria. We urge other states to respect the borders and independence of Syria as a full-fledged member of the UN, and to join forces to root out international terrorism in that country.

Moscow hopes that partners in the region and around the world will finally provide real assistance to Syria to help overcome the acute internal conflict based on the principles of the UN Charter and applicable Security Council resolutions.

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