Presidential Council denounces the siege of Derna, appeals to Dignity Operation forces to break it

Presidential Council denounces the siege of Derna, appeals to Dignity Operation forces to break it

August 07, 2017 - 14:18
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Written by: HousamNajjair

The Presidential Council of the UN proposed government denounced the siege on the city of Derna, which is causing what could become a humanitarian disaster due to a lack of medicines, medical supplies and foodstuffs.

The Presidential Council stressed in a statement published this morning that it is the "moral and national duty of all to ease the suffering of our people in Derna" calling on all concerned parties to put an end to this cruel tactic and instead resort to reconciliation, separating the needs and human rights of citizens from confrontation and conflict.

In the statement, the Presidential Council called for concerted efforts by all parties to achieve this and to work on opening humanitarian corridors to break the siege on the people of Derna. The government also expressed their readiness to provide all necessary support and assistance needed.
"We must avoid all negative effects that could impact on our cohesive social relations, and make sure to keep our social system from being torn by conflict" the statement said.

The city of Derna has been suffering a blockade for nearly two years, which has been imposed by Dignity Operation forces, but the siege has been tightened dramatically over the past two weeks after forces of the Derna Shura Council shot down an aircraft belonging to Dignity Operation forces which was actively bombing the city.

One day after the plane was shot down, Dignity Operation forces closed all roads and access points to and from the city of Derna, preventing the entry of any vehicles into the city and thus preventing any medicines, foodstuffs or goods from entering. This blockade has caused a severe humanitarian crisis within the city that could lead to disastrous results in the coming days.