Red Cross Warns Winter May Be Catastrophic

Officials warn needs could spiral in violence-affected areas

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent have warned that one million people in crisis-hit Syria remain without food.


“A conservative estimate is a million people without food,” said a senior Red Cross official on Monday.


Simon Eccleshall, crisis management chief of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), also stated that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), a local member of the IFRC, only has access to “about 85% of the territory in Syria on a regular basis.”


SARC can provide supplies to just half of the six million Syrians who have been forced to leave their homes but are still in the country, Eccleshall added.


The Red Cross official said a catastrophe could occur in winter, particularly in areas with severe violence, and that the number of people needing aid could spiral.


Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer



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