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Red Crescent employees caught stealing aid in Deir Ezzor

2 February 2016 7:53


Syrian security forces inside the provincial capital of the Deir Ezzor Governorate received several complaints from local residents about the lack of aid from the Syrian Red Crescent reaching their neighborhoods.

Upon investigating these allegations, the Syrian security forces discovered that 6 employees from the Syrian Red Crescent were confiscating aid that was supposed to be distributed to civilians under siege and reselling it for an inflated price in order to profit. Due to blockade of necessary humanitarian aid by the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS)  to the citizens inside the government controlled neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor, there have been an exponential rise in medical cases of malnutrition and disease.

According to an official from the Syrian Ministry of Health, as many as 100 civilians have reportedly died from starvation as a result of this inhuman blockade on the government controlled neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor City. Earlier today, the Syrian President – Dr. Bashar Al-Assad – approved the 90 ton delivery of humanitarian aid to the beleaguered civilians in the provincial capital of the Deir Ezzor Governorate; this will be delivered via air transport.

The only way civilians in the government controlled areas of Deir Ezzor can leave the city is by paying 500k Syrian Pounds  in order to have the Syrian Armed Forces to privately transport them; this has left 100k civilians trapped inside the city.

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