The Red Cross said Thursday that it cannot meet the huge humanitarian demands in Syria, as violence enters its 20th month and rebel fighters battle regime forces.
“We are in a situation where the humanitarian situation due to the conflict is getting worse. And despite the fact that the scope of the operation is increasing, we can’t cope with the worsening of the situation,” Peter Maurer, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said at a press conference in Geneva, according to Reuters.
There are estimates that at least 36,000 people have been killed in the conflict since March 2011, while hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes, according to The Associated Press.
“The seriousness of the crisis is deepening with every day and this trend has been uninterrupted since summer,” Maurer said, according to AP. “We see the war and the fighting expanding.”
The United Nations said that around 1.2 million Syrians have been displaced in the country, AP reported, adding that the World Food Program fed 1.5 million in September.
President Bashar al-Asssad on Thursday, meeting with Russian state-run Russia Today television, insisted that he would not step down.
“I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria,” Assad said in a rare interview, and described his country as “the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region and coexistence.”
The crisis “will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific and you know the implication on the rest of the world,” he added.
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