29 May 2012
This week in Houla, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent has treated dozens of wounded people, and distributed food for thousands.
On 27 May, Red Crescent volunteers, including two mobile health units and six doctors, were sent to Houla following fighting which took place on 25 May and resulted in over 100 civilian deaths.
"They treated 40-50 people on the spot and transferred five people to a hospital in Homs city," said Philippe Stoll, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spokesman. “They also distributed 500 emergency food parcels, enough for 2,500 people.”
On 28 May, separate teams of Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers based in Hama, another town affected by the fighting, gave first aid to several injured people.
The ICRC is the only international agency able to access areas affected by fighting in Syria and is working in close co-operation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to provide emergency relief throughout the country.
Since the beginning of the year it has brought aid to over 300,000 people affected by the violence in the country. However, as the needs are increasing more funding is needed to support this operation.
The ICRC is also calling for the civilian population to be allowed to move to safer areas. Injured people must have access to medical care without delay.
"We urge the parties to the fighting to distinguish at all times between civilians and those participating in the hostilities," said Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC delegation in Syria.
"Especially when fighting in populated areas, the parties must constantly take care in their choice of means and method of warfare to spare civilians the effect of the hostilities."
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