A cleric in the area around the Syrian capital Damascus that is under siege had issued a religious ruling allowing the eating of dogs and cats due to the hunger and severe malnutrition that have caused the death of several children, informs Al Arabiya.

Residents of Moadamiyet al-Sham are surviving on herbs and vegetables they have planted.

But harvesting the food is dangerous, “and people have died in the orchards because of the shelling”.

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said many children in Moadamiyet al-Sham were malnourished.

The situation is just as bad for children in other rebel-held areas near Damascus.

“On any given day in the emergency room, some four out of 10 patients I see are malnourished children,” said Abu Mohammad, a doctor working in a field clinic in the Marj area east of the capital.

“Many children have very low blood pressure, fatigue, dizziness, and a reduced (disease-fighting) white blood cell count. The worst affected by the food shortages are children aged under two years,” he added.

The hardest part is not having the right medical equipment or food to fight malnutrition, he told AFP.

Despite the inspections to find and destroy the chemical weapons in Syria, the war is still in progress with a lot of innocent victims trapped in it. Now we have not only the rebels fighting against the Government forces, but rival rebel groups fighting against each other. Every day the number of victims are adding to the 100,000 estimated by the UN months ago and the same is happening with the more than 2 million refugees and 4.25 million internal displaced people. And there is no free access to the humanitarian workers to certain areas with dare need of help. So the situation for thousands of civilians is desperate. The inspection have stopped the military intervention but didn’t stop the suffering of many civilians still under siege and trapped by the war.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


Middle East, World and Politics


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