Save the Children Statement on Catastrophic Situation for Children and Aid Workers Trapped in East Aleppo

Fairfield, Conn. (December 13, 2016) — In response to the latest bombardment and civilian targeting in East Aleppo, Nick Finney, Save the Children’s North-West Syria Country Director, says:

"We are desperately worried for the fate of children, aid workers, and other civilians trapped in East Aleppo. Our partners in Syria have at least 300 humanitarian staff in the city still, living under intense bombardment with their families but fearing they will be arrested or killed if they try to leave. Hundreds of children are also believed to still be in the middle of this battlefield with their parents, or alone if they have been orphaned by the bombing. With no ambulances, food or medical facilities, the situation is catastrophic and has been for months. People’s worst fears of revenge attacks appear to have become reality – the UN says it has confirmed that 82 civilians, including 13 children, have been shot at close range and there are "numerous" bodies lying in the street.

"The warring parties are ultimately responsible for civilian deaths and suffering. But the international community, in particular the five permanent members of the Security Council, also bear a grave responsibility for what is happening in Aleppo. We have utterly failed to protect civilians, including brave humanitarians who have continued to serve their community despite their own homes being destroyed and their children going to bed hungry every night. Families who are desperate to leave are being shown no dignity or humanity. We must at least now end this carnage and safely evacuate the remaining civilians. That should be done through internationally monitored safe routes which give people the option of going to opposition-held areas."

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