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Reference : V-P-SY-E-00336
Date : 11/01/2014
Country/Region : SYRIA
Caption : Rif Dimashq Governorate, Sahnaya. Visit to a clinic renovated by the Danish Red Cross, where Peter Maurer, ICRC President, met the clinic director Dr Tarif al Zahra and discussed access to health care.
Photographer : MALLA, Ibrahim
Person appearing :
MAURER, Peter (president, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Le président du CICR est arrivé en Syrie le 10 janvier pour 3 jours. Ses objectifs sont d'évaluer par lui-même la situation et de négocier un accès plus large pour le CICR sur le terrain.

Il s'est rendu à Sahnaya et s'est entretenu avec des familles ayant dû quitter leur maison en raison du conflit. Elles viennent pour la plupart de Darraya, à 4 km. Sahnaya se trouve à 11 km au sud-ouest du centre de Damas. La ville est très proche de zones assiégées ou touchées par le conflit.

Syria: Visiting ICRC president deeply concerned about plight of civilians
13-01-2014 News Release 14/07

Geneva/Damascus (ICRC) – The scale of the crisis in Syria, with millions of civilians affected, is staggering and the humanitarian response insufficient, said the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, at the end of a three-day visit to the country. In addition to holding official meetings, during which he pressed for greater humanitarian access to people in need, Mr Maurer met with families displaced by the conflict in Rural Damascus and with officials and volunteers of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

"It is beyond dispute that the humanitarian situation in Syria is catastrophic," said Mr Maurer at the end of his visit. "I am deeply concerned by the fact that most of the population is directly or indirectly affected by spiralling violence and by constraints on humanitarian aid. Health supplies, food and other basic necessities are running dangerously short, especially in besieged areas, where the situation is critical."

During his meetings with the Syrian government, Mr Maurer highlighted the obstacles faced by the ICRC in its efforts to deliver aid to all people in need across Syria, including in opposition-controlled areas.

"We need to be allowed to do much more in Syria, and I welcome statements made by the various officials I met promising to allow more impartial aid, including medical aid, to everyone affected by the conflict," he said. "However, with violence rising and needs growing, particularly in besieged areas, actions that translate into greater field access for the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent must now follow."

While in Damascus, Mr Maurer met with a number of Syrian officials, including the prime minister, the ministers of foreign affairs, interior, social affairs, water resources and health, and the head of national security. During his talks, he stressed the determination of the ICRC to deliver more aid to all Syrians across front lines, and to visit places of detention in order to monitor the conditions and treatment of people held in connection with the conflict.

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