Alan Duncan meets families who fled the fighting in Syria
International Development Minister Alan Duncan meets with child refugees along the Jordan-Syrian border. During the visit he spoke to families who had fled some of the worst affected fighting in Syria.
He is the first British Minister to visit the border since the unrest in Syria began last year. Mr. Duncan called for the Syrian Government to implement the agreed humanitarian plan, which commits it to allowing access for aid agencies and the UN.
International Development Minister Alan Duncan said:
I have spoken to families today who told me first-hand of the devastating harm and deadly effect the ongoing violence is having in villages and towns across Syria. Thousands have been killed and wounded and many more have fled their homes as a result of the horrendous violence. There is a clear risk that thousands more will follow them in the weeks and months ahead if the violence doesn’t stop.
The regime has committed serious human rights violations against its own citizens. Britain and the wider international community is providing much-needed help but the situation will only worsen unless there is an immediate end to the bloodshed and the Assad regime gives unrestricted access for humanitarian agencies to help those in need.
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