Commissioner Stylianides on reported atrocities in Eastern Aleppo: these heinous acts are a disgrace to humanity
December 14, 2016
Amid reports of breaches of International Humanitarian Law in Eastern Aleppo, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides reiterates that the protection of civilians is paramount and calls “on the international community to stand united and to spare no effort in protecting the Syrian people caught in this conflict.”
“I am appalled by the increasing number of reported atrocities in Eastern Aleppo against innocent civilians, including women and children, and against those trying to save their lives… If confirmed, these actions would be blatant breaches of international humanitarian law. These heinous acts are a disgrace to humanity. Those responsible must be held accountable,” said the Commissioner.
He stressed that “protection of civilians must be ensured, as well as that of humanitarian and medical staff and of civilian infrastructures in line with international humanitarian and human rights law. All parties on the ground have to follow this obligation in the name of humanity and accountability.”
“We need urgent action and the EU stands ready to support all efforts to alleviate this unprecedented human suffering.”