MADRID, Oct. 13 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Turkish offensive that began this week in northeastern Syria has already caused the exodus of 130,000 people from the first objectives of Ankara, the cities of Ras al Ain and Tel Abyad, especially in the surrounding rural areas, while the situation in another of the threatened areas, Hasaka, is critical for the lack of drinking water, according to the latest evaluation of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Syria.
The United Nations continues to negotiate with both Turkey and the Kurdish rebels to facilitate access in this city to the electricity and water supply, which affects 400,000 people, including the Al Hol and Arisha camps, the main reception centers for the displaced.
The public and private hospitals of Ras Al Ain and Tel Abyad have been closed since Friday and are being attacked by rebel forces related to Turkey despite being neutral areas, the UN also reported.
The United Nations also fears that the number of people in need will be shot at 400,000 in the near future, a population exodus that will require additional measures that are increasingly difficult to implement, given the danger of UN aid officers working in this area of war.
Imran Riza, humanitarian coordinator for Syria, said Friday that “the UN and its humanitarian partners are deeply concerned about the latest developments” and has pointed out that “they remain committed to helping those in need at this critical time.”
Therefore, it has requested that civilians and civil infrastructure “be protected at all times” and that “safe and unrestricted” humanitarian access to the civilian population be guaranteed.
“Nothing is more important than protecting civilians right now and we are doing everything in our power to ensure that humanitarian actors can arrive safely and deliver help to those who need it,” he said.