UAE continues efforts to ensure delivery of aid to east of Aleppo

GENEVA, 21st October, 2016 (WAM) — The UAE has renewed its support to the United Nations (UN) proposal aimed at halting military action in the city of Aleppo to allow the arrival of dozens of trucks loaded with supplies for the besieged civilians.

According to the United Nations Relief Office, the trucks are stuck because of the upsurge in fighting and deterioration of the security situation.

Abdullah Fadhil Al Nuaimi, from the UAE’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, delivered the speech on behalf of the UAE during the extraordinary meeting of the UN Human Rights Council to consider the deteriorating situation of human rights in Syria, especially in the city of Aleppo.

Al Nuaimi confirmed the UAE’s determination to continue its efforts in co-ordination with all other international humanitarian initiatives to secure humanitarian access to the besieged areas in Syria, especially in the east of Aleppo, to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.

In its speech before the council, the UAE noted that this is the fifth time that the Human Rights Council has held an extraordinary meeting to discuss the tragic situation in Syria.

“In spite of the reports of successive inquiry commissions, the Resolutions of the Human Rights Council and the Security Council resolutions No. 2042 of 2012 and No. 2043 of 2012, violence in all its forms still exists, including the use of heavy weapons in civilian populated areas, as in the case of the blockade imposed on Aleppo and its countryside,” He said.

Al Nuaimi also pointed out that the UAE had voiced, several months ago, its deep concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Aleppo, and condemned targeting civilians in light of reports that spoke about the denial of access of essential humanitarian supplies to hundreds of thousands of besieged people, especially east of the city.

With the rising number of the Syrian refugees and the displaced, the UAE is committed to solving this humanitarian situation as it expanded humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and the neighbouring countries, he noted. The country has provided about US$2 billion of humanitarian aid to the displaced people in Syria and the refugees in neighbouring countries, he added.

He also pointed out that the UAE has provided $137 million as new aid during the 4th donors’ conference held in London at the beginning of the year, while noting that the UAE’s humanitarian assistance to the affected Syrians, since 2012 until the end of 2015, stood at equivalent to, $600 million.