Turkish Red Crescent is ready to evacuate more than 1,000 injured people in Eastern Ghouta but its hands are tied, the organisation’s head said Wednesday.
Speaking at southern Hatay province, near the Syrian border, Kerem Kinik said they had equipped their hospitals to provide aid to the injured but their staff was not allowed to reach them.
The UN has declared a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for aid delivery and civilian and medical evacuation.
“We declared we wanted to deliver aid to Afrin during this 30-day period, in collaboration with Syrian Red Crescent, the Red Cross committee, the UN and Turkish Armed forces,” he said.
However, while the Turkish forces provided their staff security, the same support was not reciprocated by the Syrian regime, he added.
Thousands of civilians continue to lose their lives in Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, which is experiencing a human tragedy.
Eastern Ghouta has been under siege for the last five years, and humanitarian access to the area, which is home to some 400,000 people, has been completely cut off.