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Call for urgent action to end crisis in Idlib

Campaigners and MPs urge world leaders to step up their response to the humanitarian disaster in the Syrian city

February 13, 2020

Call for urgent action to end crisis in Idlib

Source: The Guardian

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. 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.

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.

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.

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

The Guardian