Foreign Ministry: International community should condemn terrorists’ crime of injecting children with spoiled vaccines in Idleb countryside

Damascus, SANA-Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Thursday sent two identical letters to UN Secretary General and President of Security Council on a crime committed through connivance of illusive health institutions, linked to armed terrorist organizations, in cooperation with the Turkish authorities, claiming the lives of 15 children in Ma’arat al-Numan in Idleb countryside.

The said health institutions injected the children with rotten, spoiled and poisoned vaccines against measles.

The Ministry added that this catastrophe, committed by leaders of the armed terrorist organizations and their supporters of the Turkish authorities, requires from the international community a clear condemnation of this heinous crime and the flagrant violation of the international law and human rights.

The letter affirmed that Syria, in cooperation with the World Health Organization and other international health agencies, has carried out tens of vaccination campaigns which were crowned with success.

“Syria, while condemning that ugly crime perpetrated against Syrian innocent children, asserts once again its commitment to meet its obligations, particularly those related to protecting the child’s rights, and to spare no efforts to deliver the medical needs to the families in the Syrian regions bordering Turkey…these regions which are plagued with the existence of armed terrorist organizations,” The Ministry said.

It added that the Syrian Government calls on the UN to stick to its commitments, particularly those enlisted in resolution No.2165 for 2014 in which the international humanitarian agencies should instruct the Syrian government of any plans and activities before following up ways through the conflict routes.

“In light of the humanitarian response plan for 2014, the UN agencies have to do organized monitoring on the humanitarian response which meets the international and Syrian standards in health sector,” The latter went on.

It added that the unsafe usage of the medicine and vaccines which are banned to be taken without international accepted recipes, poses a threat to the Syrian families in those regions.

The Foreign Ministry called on the UN to investigate and punish those who were responsible for this catastrophe, including the Turkish officials who have facilitated this crime which would be classified as a crime against humanity.

Mazen Eyon

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