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Free Idlib Governorate Council calls on funding organizations to resume support of humanitarian work

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Maan Salti
Publication date: 2019/01/27 20:22

Idlib - SMART

On Sunday, the Free Idlib Governorate Council of the Syrian Interim Government called on funding organizations to resume their support of the health and educational sectors in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria.

In a statement obtained by SMART, the council said that the service sectors in the governorate are civil bodies that work according to international laws and standards, without interference by unspecialized parties.

Earlier, the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) announced suspending its support for health projects and the Free Health Directorates in the Hama, Idlib, Aleppo, and Lattakia governorates until further notice.

The council's statement said that suspending the support for the health and educational sectors would cause "humanitarian damage" to more than three million people in Idlib, as hospitals, medical centers, schools, and service centers will shut down, leading to a humanitarian disaster that the international community will be held responsible for.

The statement confirmed the council's readiness to manage the support for all sectors and directorates in Idlib and guarantee that it reaches the targeted institutions to help them continue serving the people.

Earlier, the Free Idlib Health Directorate said that the decision by several organizations to cut the support for health projects and Free Health Directorates will deprive about 80 thousand people from the health services they need.

The Islamist faction Hayat Tahrir al-Sham imposed its military and administrative control on vast areas of Northern Syria, causing the future of these areas to become unclear, especially on the humanitarian level, as the support for health projects was suspended and the role of police departments and humanitarian organizations was reduced.