Politicized Humanitarian Aid to Aleppo
by Stephen Lendman
Two days after over 80,000 eastern Aleppo residents were freed from US-supported terrorists, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said the UN, America, Britain and France declined to provide any humanitarian aid.
Russia and Syria alone are helping thousands fleeing from eastern Aleppo to safety in government controlled areas. On Tuesday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said:
“The President ordered the Defense Ministry and the Emergencies Ministry to send to Syria’s Aleppo mobile hospitals, which will provide treatment for residents of the city and its neighborhoods.”
A special 100-bed clinic and trauma care unit will be set up, also able to provide treatment for about 420 outpatients daily. A separate 50-bed clinic will be able to treat 200 outpatients every day.
On November 30, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said providing humanitarian aid to Syrians is increasingly politicized. Most UN aid goes to US-supported terrorists.
She condemned using humanitarian aid as “a tool for political pressure or…as a means of flirting with terrorists or shielding them…American promises are one things while their actions are another.”
US supported terrorists are blowing up hospitals, schools and mosques, then sending video footage to Western media for airing, propaganda claiming Syrian and Russian responsibility.
In November, Konashenkov said “(o)nly in recent months, we’ve delivered more than 100 tons of the most essential goods - food, medicine and other basic necessities - to Aleppo.”
“All the inhabitants of Aleppo had equal access to these goods, with no restrictions to those from the western or eastern part of the city. The State Department within this period has not delivered one bread crumb to the Syrians, for whom it supposedly cares so much.”
On December 2, Konashenkov said UN authorities aren’t providing humanitarian aid to liberated eastern Aleppo residents. Instead they’re sending it to areas of the city “controlled by terrorists.”
Russia’s Reconciliation Center in Syria continues sending tons of food, medicines and other essentials to the city daily. Head of Russia’s General Staff, Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said “(a)s a result of effective actions by the Syrian government forces, Castello Road is now completely liberated. Thus, there are no impediments for humanitarian aid to be delivered to the people of Aleppo.”
On Friday, Sergey Lavrov said “(w)e have informed the UN in New York and Geneva that there are no longer any problems with the delivery of humanitarian supplies to Aleppo.”
“An agreement has to be made with the Syrian government over the passage of these convoys, which are no longer under threat. The UN is currently pondering how to do this.”
“While they are deciding, Russia, as you know, has directed additional humanitarian assistance to east Aleppo as well as two mobile hospitals, doctors, medical equipment (and) medicine(s).”
On Saturday, Konashenkov said Britain failed to provide any humanitarian aid to the country throughout years of war - “not…a gram of flour, a tablet or a blanket to help civilians,” adding:
“On the basis of Russophobia, the UK government has lost its ability to objectively assess the situation in Syria, including in Aleppo.”
“If the UK government really wants to send humanitarian aid to residents of eastern areas (of Aleppo), there are all conditions for that, just tell us where it is stuck now. If there is no British humanitarian aid to Aleppo, don’t interfere with others’ efforts to help.”
Separately, Lavrov said formation of a so-called army of Aleppo in eastern parts of the city controlled by terrorists “is just another attempt to rebrand al-Nusra Front and shield it from righteous retaliation.”
All anti-government forces in eastern Aleppo are terrorists, control by al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) - supported by Washington and its rogue allies.
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