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Red Cross calls for the safe extraction of women and children from north east Syria

The humanitarian crisis in Syria is becoming more dire with immediate threats to the welfare of thousands of people caught in the ongoing hostilities in northeast Syria. The humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable must be first and foremost, the Australian Red Cross says.

The immediate safety of vulnerable people, particularly women, children and infants is our primary concern. They are struggling in harsh winter conditions, and face immediate dangers posed by this humanitarian crisis.

Australian Red Cross reiterates the call to states to take action to repatriate their nationals from the conflict zones. This includes calling on governments – including Australia’s – to work with the relevant authorities to accelerate the safe extraction of women and children so that they are reunited, whenever possible, with their family members.

We also call on all actors in the region to preserve space for humanitarian action so that people can receive the help they need.

For further information, please contact:

media@redcross.org.au or 1800 733 443 (diverts to mobile after hours)