The European Union (EU) today called for the “immediate end to” of fighting in Aleppo, in northern Syria, to allow medical and humanitarian aid to reach about 1.5 million civilians still in the city.
“The EU and its State members call for an immediate cessation of fighting in Aleppo to allow forwarding of wounded, delivery assistance and the repair of essential infrastructure (supply) of water and electricity,” he said in a statement the head European diplomacy Federica Mogherini.
Aleppo, the second largest city of Syria, in the northwest, is from mid-July the center of fighting between regime forces and rebel groups and ‘jihadists’.
According to the UN, there is a month that does not enter any humanitarian aid in the city, where an estimated 1.5 million still live civilian, 250,000 of them in neighborhoods controlled by opposition groups.
Mogherini also urges the conflicting parties to “ensure the lifting of all sieges and allow the permanent humanitarian access and throughout the country to those who need it.”
European responsibility also urges “all international actors,” an apparent reference to Russia to honor the commitments assumed by the International Support Group for Syria (International Syria Support Group, ISSG) in May to impose a cease-fire to allow the entry humanitarian aid.
More than 290,000 people were killed and millions forced to flee since the war began in 2011.