GENEVA (AA) – Syrians will be confronting additional hardship as a result of the Ukraine crisis, Paulo Pinheiro, who chairs the International Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, has said.
“Inflation is already skyrocketing. The government has begun rationing essential commodities, including fuel,” he said while presenting a report to the 49th UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, as Syria entered the 11th year of its conflict. “Prices of imports have shot up and there are concerns in Syria as well elsewhere in the region about the availability of wheat to import.”
He said more than 90% of the remaining population in Syria is living in poverty, with 12 million food insecure and an unprecedented 14.6 million in need of humanitarian access.
Pinheiro said civilians’ lives continue to be endangered by the regime.
“Target killings by unknown individuals on the ground or by state parties to the conflict. operating aircraft, including drones, were carried out across the country, further endangering civilian lives,” said Pinheiro. “Idlib and West Aleppo in the northwest are continuously being shelled by Syrian and Russian forces, killing at least 64 children in the second half of 2021.”
He said as living conditions continue to deteriorate, his commission has called for a review of the impact of “unilateral sanctions imposed on Syria.”
“Despite humanitarian exemptions, much more is required to mitigate consequences on the daily lives of civilians, brought about by over compliance, causing shortages.”
After his speech, the Syrian regime said it “renews its rejection of the mandate of this commission, and its reports as a platform for shaming and circulating unacceptable and unfounded allegations.”