Nearly one million citizens living under siege – UN aid chief


Nearly one million people are living under siege in Syria, the UN aid chief said Monday, announcing revised figures.
The new figure of 974,080 people marks a dramatic increase from 486,700 Syrians living in besieged areas just six months ago, Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council.

"Nearly one million Syrians are living tonight under siege," O'Brien said.
"Civilians are being isolated, starved, bombed, denied medical attention and humanitarian assistance in order to force them to submit or flee."

Some of the areas added to the UN's siege list are located in the Eastern Ghouta region of rural Damascus.
Condemning this "deliberate tactic of cruelty," O'Brien said the sieges were mostly perpetrated by Syrian government forces against civilians.

O'Brien, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, renewed his call for an end to besiegement.

The gathering was meeting to talk about the emergency in Syria as Syrian and Russian warplanes beat revolt held parts of northern Syria including Aleppo, where sustenance proportions were running out."

The circumstance is awful, disastrous," said French Ambassador Francois Delattre who blamed the Damascus government for pursuing an "aggregate war procedure to reclaim Aleppo, regardless of the cost." 

Delattre said the procedure would fizzle, pushing more Syrians to join the Islamic State gathering and powering the fear based oppression that the Damascus government keeps up it is battling. 

English Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the Russian-upheld Syrian bombarding of Aleppo was "brutal" and approached Moscow and Damascus to stop.