UK campaigners, MPs Call for urgent action to end crisis in Idlib
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UK campaigners, MPs Call for urgent action to end crisis in Idlib

A boy receives treatment at a field hospital after airstrikes hit central Idlib last month. ‘A failure to act will result in more civilians dying,’ say the signatories to this letter. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Orient Net
Date: 2020-02-13 11:17
Campaigners and MPs urged world leaders on Wednesday (February 12) to step up their response to the humanitarian disaster in the Syrian city of Idlib.

We are increasingly concerned by the escalating humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib, Syria, and the inadequate international action to end the suffering. Since 1 December more than 600,000 of Idlib’s 3 million residents have been displaced, and hundreds have been killed; the victims are disproportionately women and children, the campaigners said in a letter published by The Guardian.

Civilian infrastructure, such as hospitals and schools, has been repeatedly hit and destroyed. Spiralling prices and insufficient aid have left people desperate for food, clean water, shelter, medical care and other essential items, with crowds massing on the Turkish border where there is nothing in place to support them, they said.

Despite the immense suffering, the crisis is not being treated with the urgency it demands, and with frontlines approaching the densely populated Idlib city, the humanitarian crisis will deteriorate further if action is not taken, they added.

A failure to act will result in more civilians dying. The UK government and other world leaders should take steps to condemn the violence, call for an immediate and lasting ceasefire, and for those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law to be held accountable.

The letter was signed by the following campaigners and MPs:

Othman Moqbel Chief executive, Syria Relief

Tufail Hussain Director, Islamic Relief UK

Christine Allen Director, Cafod

Simon O’Connell Executive director, Mercy Corps

Tim Pilkington CEO, World Vision

Laura Kyrke-Smith UK executive director, The International Rescue Committee

Patrick Watt Director of policy, public affairs and campaigns, Christian Aid

Alison McGovern MP Labour; co-chair of Syria all-party parliamentary group

Andrew Gwynne MP Labour

Debbie Abrahams MP Labour

Caroline Lucas MP Green

Pauline Latham MP Conservative

Hannah Bardell MP SNP

Andrew Mitchell MP Conservative

Tonia Antoniazzi MP Labour

Zarah Sultana MP Labour

Robert Largan MP Conservative

Rt Rev Nicholas Baines Bishop of Leeds

Based on the Guardian

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