East Ghouta: 'Truly and Without Exaggeration a Mass Holocaust'
Mahmoud Muhyiddin, a lawyer from Duma says: “What is happening in al-Ghouta right now is truly and without exaggeration a mass holocaust and genocide: warplanes of all types and formations, heavy artillery, rocket launchers, missiles and helicopters are targeting individuals, cars and passers-by. Houses and buildings are burning. Infrastructure is destroyed... bodies are scattered in the streets and the wounded are crowded in what looks like hospitals...It is a Slaughterhouse.”
Fighting continues to cause massive civilian casualties. Most of the town's people have been displaced. The area has been intensively bombed with more than 1,200 civilian casualties, including with at least 346 killed, mostly in airstrikes hitting residential areas, according to reports that have been documented by the UN Human Rights Office.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says that the situation in Ghouta represents humanity in its ugliest form.
The World Food Program says that the escalation of hostilities has created a food crisis huge in East Ghouta. Prices are more than five times the national average. The price of a bundle of bread (1.5kgs) reached 1,670 SYP (€2.30) SIX TIMES what it costs elsewhere in the country.
The Health situation has also continued to deteriorate. The increased number of patients with critical conditions and the lack of medical supplies has has put the health services beyond breaking point.
Reports indicate that a number of basements in Harasta where displaced families sought refuge are currently flooded and that there are severe health risks due to poor sanitation among an already weakened population.
What Are We Doing?
Human Appeal, through local partners, is planning to distribute (Hot meals, Bread and firewood) to the civilians and the survivals in Al- Ghouta. Meanwhile we advocate for the protection of civilians and the respect of the international humanitarian lawHelp Besieged Civilians of Syria