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Syria condemns ‘inhumane’ US sanctions on its health sector, calls for urgent intl. action

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A Syrian woman holds her crying child at the cancer ward of the Children's Hospital in Damascus, Syria, on March 7, 2022. (Via AP)

The Syrian foreign ministry has condemned the United States for targeting its health sector with unilateral sanctions, calling for urgent international action and saying that the fresh “inhumane measures” fall within the context of Washington’s cruel and unethical blockade against the Syrian nation.

In a statement, the ministry said the sanctions imposed by the US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) hinder Syria’s import of medical equipment and spare parts for a large number of public and private hospitals.

The Syrian foreign ministry noted that the targeted hospitals, including the General Authority for Children’s Hospital in the capital Damascus, provide healthcare to millions of Syrians.

It dismissed Washington’s false claims that medicine and medical supplies were exempt from the illegal sanctions, as no party is exempt from the unilateral coercive measures.

It called for urgent action from the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to put an end to such sanctions.

Syria has been in the throes of foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. While the Daesh terrorist group was vanquished by the Syrian government, the Takfiri terrorist groups continue to hold sway in some parts of the country under the patronage of Western powers.

Numerous reports have pointed to the US role in transferring Daesh terrorists to the war-ravaged country and even airlifting supplies to the group.

The US government has imposed sweeping economic sanctions against Syria amid the Arab nation’s uphill battle for reconstruction and recovery.

The controversial Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, signed into law by former president Donald Trump, targeted individuals and businesses that participated either directly or indirectly in Syria’s economy.

The restrictive measures have blocked imports of essential goods, affecting the Syrian people’s access to medical equipment, food, heating, gas, and electricity.

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