Tuesday, January 31, 2012

International leaders call for U.N. to act on Syria



As diplomats gather half a world away to discuss the Syrian conflict, a humanitarian crisis is unraveling in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, opposition activists said Tuesday.

Many parts of Ghouta -- a group of suburbs east of Damascus -- have suffered from a "complete siege and closure" after days of sustained bombings that killed dozens, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an opposition group that organizes and documents demonstrations.

Electricity, water, heating fuel and food are in short supply, and communications are interrupted, the LCC said.

"We appeal to the Red Cross and the Red Crescent and all relevant international organizations to go to the area and provide relief for its people with food, medicine, and shelter and to pressure the criminal regime to stop its ongoing crimes against our people," the group said in a statement. Read More