Starvation used as weapon of war in Syria
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/10/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
As the civil war in Syria intensifies, thousands face the specter of starvation. According to Amnesty International, the withholding of food for civilians is being used as a weapon of war by the Syrian government. At least 128 refugees have died at the besieged Yarmouk Camp in Damascus as a result, according to a new report.
The lack of food forced Al-Ghouta residents to kill a lion from Damascus Zoo for food.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The report says that thousands of people still trapped there face a "catastrophic humanitarian crisis." The organization says that families have been forced to forage for food in the streets and risk being killed by snipers.
Yarmouk camp, which is estimated to house around 17,000-20,000 Palestinian and Syrian refugees, has seen some of the worst fighting. There were reports of fresh fighting on the edge of the camp last week.
The camp has been without electricity since April of last year. Most of the hospitals have closed after running out of even the most basic medical supplies.
"Syrian forces are committing war crimes by using starvation of civilians as a weapon of war," Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East director says.
"The harrowing accounts of families having to resort to eating cats and dogs, and civilians attacked by snipers as they forage for food, have become all too familiar details of the horror story that has materialized in Yarmouk."
Describing the siege as "collective punishment" of the civilian population, Luther called on the Syrian government to allow humanitarian agencies immediate access to the camp.
Residents told Amnesty that they have not eaten fruit or vegetables for months. At least 60 percent of people in Yarmouk are said to be suffering from malnutrition.
Created as a refuge for Palestinians fleeing the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, Yarmouk became a focus of heavy fighting in Damascus in late 2012 when opposition fighters moved in.
The majority of the 180,000 Palestinians at Yarmouk fled and around 20,000 have been trapped inside since government forces cut it off in July last year.
The United Nations Security Council agreed a resolution calling for all parties involved in the conflict to immediately lift sieges, but this has so far failed to lead to an improvement in the situation of besieged civilians.
The U.N. made some aid deliveries but these were halted when a truce between rebels and pro-government Palestinian militants in the camp broke down.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JUNE 2017
National Leaders. That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.
Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help with refugee ... continue reading
The United Arab Emirates has renamed a mosque, "Mary, Mother of Jesus." The decision appears to be an effort to stress what they call the ... continue reading
The U.S. military is reporting it has shot down another drone belonging to Syria. The drone was armed and was allegedly prepared to make an ... continue reading
Russia and the United States are close to shooting at one another, following the destruction of a Syrian plane that attacked U.S.-backed ... continue reading
More than 2 MILLION Christians forced to flee homes amidst terrifying violence in the Middle East Watch
A new report estimates that between 50 and 80 percent of Christians have fled the countries of Iraq and Syria since the start of the Syrian ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Monday, June 26th, 2017 HD Video
- How a Catholic should deal with Tinder and other dating apps
- St. William of Vercelli: Saint of the Day for Sunday, June 25, 2017
- The end of the farm as we know it has arrived - here's how we're ...
- 'Half-Man-Half-Beast sent by the Devil' sparks fear in South African ...
- Daily Readings for Sunday, June 25, 2017
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 HD Video
- st john the baptist
- daily readings
- saint george
- saint james
- Saint Patrick
- st. francis
- st. jude
- st. peter
- mother theresa
- st james
- st joan of arc
- advent prayers
- St Joseph
- ten commandments
- Pope Francis
- saint agnes
- St Anthony
- 10 commandments
- mary magdalene
- Patron saints
- Daily Reading for Sunday, June 25th, 2017 HD
- Pope Francis prepares an incredible gift of love and solidarity for South Sudan HD
- St. Emma HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, June 24th, 2017 HD