Syria’s polio outbreak threatens millions of children: WHO

October 30, 2013

A polio outbreak in Syria posses a threat to millions of children in the Middle East, the World Health Organization said yesterday. Here’s more from Reuters:

This virus has come over land which means the virus is not just in that corner of Syria but in a broad area,” Bruce Aylward, WHO assistant director-general for polio, emergencies and country collaboration, told Reuters in an interview.

Read more about polio in Syria from here. Increasingly, starvation is being used as a war tactic in Syria, Reuters reports:

…blockades are being used as a weapon in a war that grew out of pro-democracy protests in the summer of 2011, increasing an already grave humanitarian crisis. Blockades are employed mostly by the government but also on a smaller scale by the armed opposition.

Food and medicine, which could be used by the warring parties, are rarely allowed to enter besieged areas and the movement of civilians in and out is restricted.

Over one million Syrians are trapped in areas where aid deliveries have stalled, the United Nations says.

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