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Political solution is the only way to address the crisis in Syria: Jordan’s PM

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Amman: Political solution is the only way to address the crisis in Syria, Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour has said, the media reported on Wednesday.

Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour. Photo Credit: www.reuters.com
Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour. Photo Credit: www.reuters.com

Ensour made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Tamam Salam, where he said after four years of the crisis in Syria, the entire world says the only solution to the crisis in Syria is a political one, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said Jordan does not interfere in the affairs of neighboring Arab states.

“We have no spies or agents in Syria. We have no aspirations to expand or annex any territory of Syria,” the prime minister said, adding that Jordan is keen on the interest of Syria.

Ensour said Jordan which has long border with Syria does not support any armed groups in Syria, adding that Jordan is facing major negative consequences due to the continued influx of Syrian refugees and pressure on several sectors in the country.

For his part, the Lebanese prime minister voiced hope for restoration of stability in Syria, adding that Jordan and Lebanon faced common challenges amidst the crisis.

He voiced hope that regional and international players will stop worsening the situation in Syria. “The international community should exert more efforts to find a political solution to the situation in Syria,” he said.

(IANS)

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Syria Uses Familiar Tactic in Rebel Idlib: Bombing Civilians

The United Nations is demanding an immediate end to indiscriminate attacks against civilians

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Syria, Rebel, Idlib
FILE - Destruction is seen around the Udai hospital following airstrikes on the town of Saraqeb in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, Jan. 29, 2018. VOA

The United Nations is demanding an immediate end to indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure in northwest Syria, warning the warring parties their actions might amount to war crimes.

U.N. agencies say an intense military escalation by Russian-backed Syrian forces and armed rebels in northwest Syria is having a catastrophic impact on the civilian population. Agencies confirm at least 160 civilians have been killed and hundreds more wounded in fighting over recent weeks.

They say 3 million people in Idlib need protection and 300,000 civilians who have fled their homes in the past two months are in imminent danger.

 

Spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Jens Laerke says civilians and civilian infrastructure are coming under daily attack by airstrikes, artillery shelling and barrel bombs.

Syria, Rebel, Idlib
FILE – Damage is seen at a hospital after an airstrike in Deir al-Sharqi village in Idlib province, Syria, April 27 2017. VOA

“Since the 28th of April, there have been 25 confirmed attacks on health care in the northwest, including on 24 health facilities and one ambulance,” he said. “Two of the attacked health facilities were hit more than once, and at least six health workers have been killed.”

Laerke says health care facilities are fully protected under international humanitarian law, and it is illegal to target them. Few health facilities remain intact to care for the sick and wounded, he told VOA.

“Already before the recent months of escalation, the status of health care in Syria at large, and in particular in Idlib, was already appalling,” he said. “Even though those facilities have not been hit, they fear that they may be hit. So, the doctors, the health care personnel are leaving, the patients are not going to those hospitals. Understandably.”

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Laerke says aid agencies are providing food and health services through mobile clinics to people who are newly displaced in northwest Syria. In addition, many schools in the region have been attacked, he says, so catch-up classes are being provided for thousands of children who have been out of school since May. (VOA)