Syria condemns inhumane US sanctions on its health sector

TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (MNA) – Syria has condemned targeting the health sector by the US administration, stressing that these new inhumane measures fall within the context of the illegal and immoral blockade imposed on the Syrian people.

Syria also called for urgent international action to put an end to those hostile US measures, SANA reported. 

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement on Monday, “The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the US administration and the so-called Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce that target the health sector in Syria again, by imposing additional restrictions on allowing the sale of equipment as well as on the provision of services, spare parts to a large number of the Syrian public and private hospitals.”

The ministry noted that those new inhumane measures fall within the context of illegal unilateral coercive measures and the illegal and immoral blockade imposed by the US on the Syrian people, reiterating the invalidity of the allegations promoted by the US administration about the existence of exceptions from these measures for humanitarian purposes.

The Ministry stressed that targeting hospitals that provide health care to millions of Syrians, including Children’s University Hospital, necessitates urgent action by the UN, the World Health Organization(WHO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to put an end to these hostile measures, which represent collective punishment for the Syrian people and a flagrant violation of the provisions of international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law and hinder the efforts of the Syrian government and partner international organizations at humanitarian work to improve the living conditions and provide health care for the Syrians.

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