Thursday, 15 April 2021 04:32 GMT

EU voices concern over Syria's "devastating humanitarian consequences"


( MENAFN ) On Friday, the European Union voiced concern over the "devastating humanitarian consequences" in southern Syria as the regime continued its push in the region despite international warnings.

The EU's diplomatic arm urged the protecting of civilians and allowing humanitarian access to Daraa province where it claimed that the Bashar Assad government, backed by Russia and Iran, has started an operation.

Artillery and air strikes "are causing the civilian population to flee towards the border with Jordan and with potentially devastating humanitarian consequences," a spokesperson warned.

"The Astana guarantors are bound to ensure cessation of hostilities in these zones as a matter of priority and they are expected to deliver on this commitment," the External Action Service said.

"All necessary measures to protect civilian lives as well as unhindered, safe and sustainable humanitarian access need to be ensured," it added.

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