Belgian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned of “catastrophic consequences” for civilian population due to the siege imposed on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, and called for a 48-hour humanitarian pause in the city.
Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said that further efforts to open humanitarian access to the contested Syrian city of Aleppo are needed, reiterating that a 48-hour humanitarian pause could only be a first step in this direction, Sputnik reported citing a statement by Belgium Foreign Ministry.
“More than 300,000 people are under threat of being blocked from [accessing] humanitarian aid, which could lead to catastrophic consequences for the civilian population,” the statement said adding that “the siege of civilians and the use of starvation as [a] weapon of war is contrary to international humanitarian law.”
On a related note, EU Foreign Affairs Representative Federica Mogherini and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides on Thursday supported the call for a humanitarian pause in the fighting for Aleppo, originally proposed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).