US-Iran es­ca­la­tion threat­ens aid to millions: Char­ity

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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