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UN failure to help earthquake victims in north-west Syria.

  • 12-03-2023 1:45pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,290 ✭✭✭


    UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric was questioned by the BBC about his employer's response to the effect that the recent earthquake had on the opposition-held region in north-west Syria. His reply is detailed on the above page and also in another article that is date 14 February and linked on that page.

    If the Assad regime doesn't control the Turkish border with that part of Syria then why would aid workers need permission from the regime to go across the border? Surely, human life is more important than the UN Charter.

    PS: There didn't seem to be a thread about the earthquake on this forum before I created this OP.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,710 ✭✭✭✭Potential-Monke


    Maybe if those countries stopped the in-fighting long enough, they wouldn't need the UN to help. I'm not even going to try and pretend to understand how aid to fighting countries is worked, but the UN's first and foremost responsibility is the wellbeing of their own members. I'd be reluctant to be heading into a rebel controlled area to do anything without the crazy gun-toting locals/army giving the ok first. I think I wouldn't be too wrong in saying don't care about international laws.

    "His opinion is that cross-border aid is legally permitted." Opinion.

    And yes, human life is more important. But whose life is more important, the victims of the earthquake, or the people going to help?



  • Registered Users Posts: 40,289 ✭✭✭✭Gatling


    Well explain why only hours after major earth quake assad forces bombed the rebel areas,

    Someone should ask Assad and his Kremlin master why aid can't be safely transported to all areas effected by the horrendous Earth quake



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,657 ✭✭✭donaghs


    Since the Idlib pocket is mostly dominated by Al aqaeda-esque jihadis, I think most aid agencies would be treading carefully going near it.

    Turkey effectively protects and allows this pocket to exist, so I think the onus is on them to let the aid in.




  • Registered Users Posts: 624 ✭✭✭Mullaghteelin


    On the very morning of the Earthquake, the talking heads on RTÉ radio which included charity representatives, were pontificating about how aid must not be allowed to fall into the hands of Assad.

    I remember thinking that if there was ever a time for normal hostilities to be suspended to distribute aid as effectively as possible, this was that time.

    To politicise the distribution of aid is shameful.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,997 ✭✭✭Elmer Blooker


    Yes you’re right, the north west is controlled by ruthless jihadists but the BBC and France 24 insist in calling them ‘opposition’ and ‘rebels’.

    I think it’s very unlikely that any women aid workers will be going anywhere near territory controlled by these freedom loving ‘rebels’.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 40,289 ✭✭✭✭Gatling


    Like when assputin regime bombed every hospital and medical clinics off the map ,

    Let me guess they are all jihadis.

    Looks like they found karma in Ukraine



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,428 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Entering an area that is still recognised to be part of a country that has told you not to go in there would be an invasion. UN can't be seen to do that.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,290 ✭✭✭political analyst


    Aid workers are not combatants and so it couldn't be an invasion. Anyway, I understand what Potential-Monke and Gatling said.



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,428 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011


    The UN organising it would be. Hence its not going to happen.

    Other aid agencies are welcome to try; if they don't value their own workers safety. Unfortunately there are times when it is near impossible to provide aid.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,657 ✭✭✭donaghs


    UN aid is going to Idlib now. Assad, Turks, and rebels have agreed on where the aid can enter from etc.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/6/23/un-aid-trucks-cross-from-syrian-govt-area-to-rebel-held-idlib



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