UN: Eastern Ghouta is ‘symbol of how catastrophic’ Syrian war has become

According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, while most of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon have expressed a desire to return to their home country, any plans of them returning are “very premature.”
Syrian city after an airstrike Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi addressed on Friday the ongoing crisis in Syria and the suffering of the Eastern Ghouta residents. Speaking to reporters in Beirut, he said that those who are in a position to end the war but lack the political will are the ones who are responsible for the magnitude of the crisis.

“Because you need will. You need the countries who can make the decision to get together and say: ‘we’ll put an end to it,’” he explained. “In seven years, we haven’t seen it.”

Regarding the dire situation in Eastern Ghouta, Grandi said that the residents’ suffering is “a symbol of how catastrophic this conflict has become for the civilians.”

“The choice of the people in Ghouta is either to get out – and they don’t know what’s happening when they get out of Ghouta – or to stay and be under the bombs,” he stated. “How much worse can it get for any human being? It is truly appalling.”

Grandi added that while most of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon have expressed a desire to return to their home country, “almost all of them say not right now” and any plans of them returning are “very premature.”



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