The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

15 days of siege | Residents appeal to keep humanitarian situation apart from battles of military forces

Aleppo province: Regime forces, under Russian orders, have been sieging areas in northern Aleppo countryside for 15 days, causing deterioration of humanitarian situation significantly, coinciding with the approach of winter and the need for fuels.

On November 20, the regime forces and the 4th Division imposed siege on northern Aleppo countryside, which is controlled by the Kurdish councils, where public places lost their allocations and fuel reserves.

Residents appealed to lift the siege on the northern countryside of Aleppo, and to keep the humanitarian situation apart from the regime’s policy of using the region as a pressure card for its benefit.

Most schools were closed and public transportation was paralyzed in villages and towns of northern Aleppo countryside, which includes displaced people from Afrin.

Health centres and hospitals announced that they would stop working in the coming days with no proper solution, while Afrin Hospital continues to receive emergency medical cases after most of the equipment stopped.

According to SOHR activists, since November 20, the residents have been in complete darkness, as a result of the complete power outage, and municipal workers have stopped working as a result of the interruption of transportation, while the process of distributing water to the residents through tanks is in real danger, after the reserve stock runs out.
Under Russian orders, the regime demands impossible demands in order to supply the region with fuel, meaning to obtain more concessions in the region controlled by the Kurdish councils.
The regime’s Fourth Division controls the only crossing between Aleppo province and its northern countryside, and imposes its siege from time to time, particularly in winter, with the aim of obtaining fuels estimated at half the amount distributed to the residents in the countryside, in addition to imposing large royalties on the materials that enter the region, in a clear exploitation of the humanitarian reality, and to clamp down on the area.
On November 20, SOHR reported that the municipal committee of the local council in areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo, within areas controlled by the Kurdish and regime forces, has reduced the number of hours of electricity from four to two hours per day, while most public transport lines in the area have also been stopped due to the refusal of the fourth Division checkpoints to bring fuels into the area.
According to private sources, the amount of fuel that entered during the previous periods does not meet the region’s need, which is continuously distributed to bakeries, Avrin hospital, and schools, and to remedy this, the number of operating hours of generators in villages and towns in the northern countryside of Aleppo has been reduced.