Assad Says West's Economic Seige Worsens Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday the economic siege imposed on Syria by the West has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in Syria, amid an outcry by humanitarian organizations regarding the situation in a rebel-held area east of the capital Damascus.
'The economic siege, as well as the terrorist war, waged on Syria has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in the country, Assad said during his meeting with Francesco Rocca, the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in the capital Damascus.
The Syrian president stressed that the government with all of its institutions is working to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people as a result of the 'crimes and inhuman actions committed by the terrorist groups.
Assad also spoke of the importance of boosting the cooperation between the Syrian government and the IFRC during the crisis.
The president's remarks came amid an international outcry for the situation in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region in the eastern countryside of Damascus, where fighting has intensified recently between the government and the rebels. A day earlier, the ICRC said in statement that that it was alarmed by intensifying fighting in Eastern Ghouta, as it 'is taking an unacceptable toll on everyday life in the area. (Xinhua)
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