US-Iran escalation threatens aid to millions: Charity
Beirut, Lebanon - The escalating cycle of reprisals between the United States and Iran is threatening the delivery of aid to millions across the Middle East, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned on Wednesday.
‘Tens of millions of people across the Middle East need humanitarian assistance. Most of them are already devastated or displaced by conflict’, NRC chief Jan Egeland said in a statement.
‘Another confrontation among international and regional powers would be deadly for aid lifelines on the brink of collapse’," he warned.
“24mn war-affected Yemenis and 12mn Syrians displaced within the region are extremely vulnerable to any escalation in conflict, sanctions or restrictions on movement,” Egeland said.
Egeland, whose organisation is one of the world’s leading aid groups, also mentioned the plight of six million people in Iraq, two million people in the occupied Palestinian territories, and three million Afghan refugees in Iran who are in need of humanitarian assistance.