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Letter for Secretary General of The United Nations

Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Representatives of the Members of the Security Council

Mr Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria

Over the last few days and weeks, several areas in Syria entered a new phase of military escalation. Residential areas, civilian objects, and medical facilities were targeted in a clear and major breach of international law. This has led to the death and injury of hundreds of civilians according to the documentation of Syrian and international independent human rights organizations. This is especially the case in Eastern Ghouta, Idlib, and Afrin.

Various developments and military escalations over the last few years have resulted in the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of residents from the provinces of Aleppo, Homs, and rural Damascus. This occurred as part of a systematic policy that could amount to a war crime. The forcibly displaced were placed in Idlib and rural Aleppo. They now live with the residents of these areas under Syrian and Russian aerial bombardment, even though a large part of these areas falls under a ‘de-escalation’ agreement announced earlier in Astana. At the same time, more than a quarter of a million civilians live under a total siege in Eastern Ghouta for a fifth consecutive year now. They live under extremely difficult and dire human conditions and endure artillery and rockets strikes, as well as improvised and unguided barrel bombs that have no specific military objective expect to destroy everything they fall upon.

The scale of the Syrian tragedy is beyond what words can describe. Or what can be dealt with in a few lines. It has become clear that lives of civilians have no value within all current calculations on the ground in Syria.

It is noteworthy that approaching Geneva talks coincide with major and dangerous military escalations that the civilian population always pays the highest price for.

The Syrian institutions signatories to this letter believe that it is their duty to draw the attention of the international community to the following:

1- The utmost priority now in Syria is an immediate end to military escalation and the protection of civilians in their locations. In addition to the delivery of food and medical assistance to besieged areas in order to end the siege and the destruction of the capabilities of an entire population.

2- It would be a futile attempt to consider a political settlement that encompasses constitutional drafting, reconstruction plans, or early recovery, without immediate international pressure for a ceasefire and for the protection of civilians. A constitution is meant to serve residents, and efforts in constitutional drafting would be meaningless if the residents continue to be killed. And it is expected that any effort for reconstruction should go towards rebuilding the capabilities of these residents. This means that the donor conference in Brussels should firstly aim at encouraging a decision at the Geneva processes to immediately end military operations, then paving the way for any reconstruction efforts.

3- The United Nation’s failure time and again in delivering humanitarian aid to Syria threatens to repeat the crisis of Aleppo in other parts of Syria, and in Ghouta in particular. The international organization has the capacity to ensure the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged residents, provided that there is a will to do so and that this case is not subjected to military outcomes and compromised in political engagement processes.

For this reason, the Syrian institutions signatories to this letter announce that their effective participation in the upcoming Geneva rounds, and the upcoming donor conference in Brussels, will depend on the international response to ending the military operations and the targeting of civilians. This is through:

1- Serious and feasible pressure to immediately end military operations, including the Syrian and Russian governments’ recent military escalations in Idlib and the Damascus Ghouta.

2- Beginning a serious and feasible plan for the delivery of food and medical supplies to besieged areas and those in need through UN humanitarian airdrops over the areas in need.

Signatories:

1- Al-Marsad, Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights

2- Al-omarya assembly for transitional Justice

3- Alkawakibi Center For Transitional Justice and Human Rights

4- Alkawakibi Organization For Human Rights

5- Alseeraj for Development and Healthcare

6- Asharq News

7- Association of Detainees and the Missing in Sednaya Prison

8- Association of German-Syrian Humanitarian Organization

9- Basmeh &Zeitooneh

10- Baytna Syria

11- Citizens for Syria

12- Civilians for Justice and Peace

13- Daraa Free Doctors Association

14- Daraa Free Governorate Council

15- Daraa Lawyers Bar Association

16- Dawlaty

17- Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights

18- Human rights Guardians

19- Jasmine Dream Organization

20- Justice for Life

21- Kombanda kurdin serbwxe suri

22- Kudra Organization

23- Life is Peace

24- Lilitha

25- Local Administration Councils Unit (LACU)

26- Local Development and Small-Projects Support (LDSPS)

27- Mariam Association for empowering women in Qunaitra

28- Nabea El Hayat

29- Quaitra Free Governorate Council

30- Reformation Assembly of Houran

31- SANAD for people with special needs

32- Sawa Foundation

33- Shaml CSOs Coalition

34- Sonbola Group For Education & Development

35- Syria Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC)

36- Syria Women Organisation

37- Syrian Archive

38- Syrian Center for media and freedom of expression (SCM)

39- Syrian Center for Statistics and Research

40- Syrian Feminist Lobby

41- Syrian Forum

42- Syrian Institute for Justice

43- Syrian Lawyers Aggregation

44- Syrian League For Citizenship

45- Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR)

46- Syrian Republican Party

47- Syrian Women association for development

48- Syrian Women Association(Salam)

49- Syrians for Truth and Justice (STJ)

50- The Day After (TDA)

51- The Independent Syrian Kurds Association

52- The Justice House of Houran

53- Violations Documentation Center (VDC)

54- Women Now for Development

New attack on health facillities in Eastern Ghouta

Yesterday in Eastern GhoutaZamalka city at 4:30 pm local time, a primary healthcare Center (PHC) “Ihyaa Alnafs center” was targeted by an airstrike attack (8 barrels’ bomb) then 20 shell from heavy ordnance.

 As a result, some parts of this center was destroyed and one ambulance is now out of service. In this accident fuels and generators warehouse was destroyed and it is now out of service.

Nobody inside center were injured in this accident and no one of medical staff also was injured but three people were injured outside centre.

 This centre is providing healthcare for more 11800 residents and 2640 IDPs in Zamalka in Eastern Ghouta.

 This is not the first attack in this week, other healthcare facilities were else target by airstrikes in the different town in Mahamadiyeh in Eastern Ghouta, the airstrikes targeted an emergency centre and as a result for this attack this center is now out of service.

 Those attacks in all of Eastern Ghouta have occurred in areas designated under the de-escalation zone, this recent escalation indicates a renewal of the blatant strategy of targeting health facilities in besieged areas.

This center is running by Alseeraj for Development and Healthcare organization @alseeraj.syria as a part of our project to support 11 PHC centers in Damascus and rural Damascus.

” Alseeraj ” strongly condemns the escalating violence against healthcare centers in @Syria which flagrantly violate international humanitarian law, and the de-escalation agreements.

Update from Eastern Ghouta about UN convoy

At least 37 dialysis patients (12 women 25 men) in the besieged eastern Ghouta are in dire need of access to lifesaving treatment. In Dec-2017, 3 patients dead and 12 patients from June-2017 to Nov-2017 died due to the lack of dialysis treatment, bringing the total number of deaths resulting from this disease to 13 in 2017.

The Department of Hemodialysis in the Specialized Hospital in the district of Douma is remaining to perform hemodialysis sessions for all patients in eastern Ghouta.

Last week UN convoy entered to the besieged eastern Ghouta and provided dialysis treatment kits (50 hemodialysis sessions for 37 patients still a life). This kits not enough for patients due to it is one hemodialysis session to every patient.

Our statistics is indicating the total of hemodialysis sessions were 256 for 37 patients in Dec-2017 that means every patient is needing 8 hemodialysis sessions monthly.

UN convoy provided hemodialysis treatment kits to 37 patients for one time and help them to still a life only for one week.

Renal and dialysis patients would have been the most vulnerable people among all chronic diseases during the conflict and their care would have been affected majorly due to their fragile status, comorbidities and the complexity of offered treatments.

@alseeraj.syria remain extremely concerned for the safety and protection of about 370,000 people who remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in @Syria and we call for immediate access to the besieged towns in these district where civilians suffer daily violence and lack of basics under siege.

New attack on health facilities in Eastern Ghouta

Sunday 18-Feb-2018 in Eastern Ghouta, at 7 pm local time, an emergency Center “Save a soul emergency center” was targeted by five airstrike attack. As a result, it is now out of service, and some parts of this center was also destroyed.

Two Children and one woman inside center were injured in this accident and one of medical staff also was injured.

this centre is providing emergency services for more 150 residents and 150 IDPs in Beit Nayem C2363 and 1400 residents and 670 IDPs in Mahamadiyeh C6668 in Eastern Ghouta in rural Damascus.

Those attacks in all of Eastern Ghouta have occurred in areas designated under the de-escalation zone, this recent escalation indicates a renewal of the blatant strategy of targeting health facilities in besieged areas.

NGOs have not supported this center “Save a soul emergency center” since six months

” Alseeraj ” strongly condemns the escalating violence against healthcare centers in @syria , which flagrantly violate international humanitarian law, and the de-escalation agreements.

@alseeraj.syria appeals to the UN Security Council to issue a resolution to protect humanitarian workers in Syria.

@alseeraj.syria remain extremely concerned for the safety and protection of about 370,000 people who remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in Syria and we call for immediate access to the besieged towns in these district where civilians suffer daily violence and lack of basics under siege.

Attack on our office in Eastern Ghouta

“Alseeraj for Development and Healthcare ” @alseeraj.syria office which located in Saqba was targeted in airstrikes on Monday February-2018. It wasn’t immediately clear who conducted the strikes, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing all areas of eastern Ghouta of rural Damascus province.

The attack came one day after Russian and Syrian regime have been starting their attacks on eastern Ghouta.

Yesterday in Eastern Ghouta, at 6 pm local time, Alseeraj organization office was targeted by an airstrike attack. As a result, it is now out of service, and some parts of our office was also destroyed without injury to the staff or the people in office and they are now in good health.

These attack in eastern Ghouta have occurred in areas designated under the de-escalation zone, this recent escalation indicates a renewal of the blatant strategy of targeting humanitarian facilities in besieged areas.
@alseeraj.syria
 appeals to the UN Security Council to issue a resolution to protect humanitarian workers in Syria. ” Alseeraj ” strongly condemns the escalating violence against NGOs offices in @syria , which flagrantly violate international humanitarian law, and the de-escalation agreements.

@alseeraj.syria remain extremely concerned for the safety and protection of about 370,000 people who remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in Syria and we call for immediate access to the besieged towns in these district where civilians suffer daily violence and lack of basics under siege.

falyghresha

The project is based on 4 years and the development formula depends on the work through working on the sustainability of agriculture, where Al-Seraj will secure the land either in the form of rent or partnership and the implementation of scientific agriculture and providing products at markets at acceptable prices,

The project goal to:

1. Improving the economic level of farmers involved in projects

2. Provide employment opportunities for young people

3. Benefiting from uncultivated land

4 – insurance of agricultural materials in the market

Strengthen the resilience of both resident and displaced communities

The project was implemented in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughour where 200 families were selected based on the priorities of vulnerability and poverty, 100 resident families and 100 displaced families.

The project’s two agricultural and animal activities included 200 beneficiaries as follows:

-Distribution of chickpeas, yellow maize and white seeds to grow 400 dunums
-Distribution of vouchers for agricultural inputs of fertilizer and fuel sufficient for the agricultural process
-Distribution of 2 sheep with healthy and productive characteristics for each family
-Vaccinate 400 sheep from foot-and-mouth disease to prevent infection
-Provision of 36 tons of sheep feed for two full months.
-Provide veterinary health care necessary to maintain the health of sheep
-Increase the numbers of sheep by placing hormonal sponges
-Provide training on livestock to increase the expertise and knowledge of educators

Support self-sufficiency

The project goal to support 100 beneficiaries to cultivate 200 dunum of agricultural land from the summer crop within the Eastern Ghouta.

The goal of the project:
1. Cultivation of 20 ha (tomato, eggplant, cucumber, kosa, peppers).
2 – Operating 100 families within the targeted territory.
3- Raising the efficiency of the farmers in the targeted lands.

house and shelter

The first phase was carried out in partnership with the local council of Al-Marj area, which aims to rehabilitate 49 rehabilitation homes by installing two doors for each house. An external door and a door for one room inside the house. The second phase of the project was part of the project of house and shelter.

Al-Seeraj Office in Al-Ghouta Al-Sharqiyah, in partnership with the Damascus Rural Governorate Council, has rehabilitated 116 houses of Al-Ghouta Al-Sharqiya as part of the “House and Shelter” project to house the displaced from residential areas,

The goal of the project:

  • Restoration of damaged houses to accommodate the displaced in the eastern Ghouta.
  • Provide housing for the minimum housing.

 Al-Seeraj Medical Clinic

The clinic is located in the Aydoun camp, which is located in the middle of several surrounding camps where there is no medical service

In light of the successful experience of Al-Siraj in providing free primary health services to the refugees through the opening of the center on 7/2/2015 in the residential complex of the housing complex, which is technically serviced by the International Humanitarian Relief Agency, which was equipped with equipment and equipment In addition to securing the cadres and launching the center in coordination with the rest of the medical service providers in the region.
The center includes 6 caravans divided into the following:
– Internal clinic
– Reproductive health clinic
– Emergency and emergency clinic
– Dental clinic 1
– Specialized dental clinic 2
-warehouse

Medical services are provided free of charge in the center of Ayedoun, as well as free of charge according to the prescriptions of specialists according to the existing categories
• The medical service is repeated to the patients according to a schedule of periodic reviews and pre-appointments for registered patients
The treatment plan and all services received by the auditor are set out in a patient-specific statement.