Doctors Without Borders have said that aid to Syria is falling "drastically short" and the country's previously functioning health system has collapsed. One million people have fled the Syrian conflict, according to the UN.
Syria’s previously well-functioning health system has collapsed according to a leading international aid organisation. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also said that food shortages are commonplace, and water and electricity supply have been severely disrupted.
“While the authorities in Damascus hold the key to breaking this deadlock and removing all obstacles to independent aid across the country, we call on the parties involved, for want of a political resolution, to reach at least a basic agreement on humanitarian aid to facilitate its provision through the most effective means possible.
International medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said that aid is falling 'drastically short' of what is needed in Syria.
Attacking the lack of political movement MSF said, "the inability to secure a political resolution of the conflict must not be used as an excuse for the failed humanitarian response."
"Food shortages are commonplace, and water and electricity supply are severely disrupted. Parties involved in the Syrian conflict must negotiate an agreement on humanitarian aid in order to facilitate its delivery from neighbouring countries and across front lines within Syria." MSF said.
"Meanwhile, governments, the United Nations, and international donors must acknowledge the country’s fragmentation and help support non-governmental aid operations."
One million people have fled the Syrian conflict, piling pressure on the country's neighbours who are struggling to support them, the United Nations refugee agency said today.
Around half the refugees are children, most of them aged under 11, and the numbers leaving are mounting every week, UNHCR added.
"With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every day, Syria is spiralling towards full-scale disaster," UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said.