Civilians Fleeing from Fighting Near Uqayribat Struggle to Survive in Syrian Desert

StoryfulNewsPublished: September 16, 2017
Published: September 16, 2017

Civilians fleeing from fighting in Uqayribat east of Hama, Syria, were stuck in the desert this month without access to water or food. In this video, a group of men and women and their livestock livestock are seen in the desert. The person filming said they do not have water and that there are many scorpions in the area and no medicine to treat stings. In a statement on September 1, 2017, the local council of Uqayribat described a weeks-long campaign by the Syrian government to gain control of the area from the Islamic State. It said thousands of civilians lacked food and water after fleeing the area. On September 13, the local council announced a social media campaign under the hashtag “Save the Civilians of Uqayribat” in Arabic to call on the United Nations and charitable organizations to provide food and water to the people in Wadi Al-Azib and protect their passage to Idlib province in the north of Syria, which is held by opposition groups. A Syrian news outlet said 10,000 civilians are stuck in the desert in Wadi Al-Azib without access to water or food. They reported injuries and deaths from airstrikes by the Syrian government in the area. Credit: Facebook/Maaz Aladalba via Storyful

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