Issued by CEMO Center - Paris
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Militants Exploit Earthquake Disaster to Plunder Aid and Fuel Terrorism

Thursday 23/February/2023 - 04:12 PM
The Reference
By: Ahmed Adel, Tr.By: Ahmed Seif EL-Din

Militants have been reported to be stealing and reselling aid intended for earthquake victims in Syria, raising concerns among donor countries about the possibility of these organizations controlling the distribution of aid.

Faisal Al-Miqdad, the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, has stated that some countries supporting terrorists only allow aid to enter areas under militant control, which has prompted relief agencies and international donors to search for a reliable party to play a humanitarian role in northern Syria with impartiality and integrity.

 Syrian media has reported that "Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham," an armed faction in northern Syria, has refused to allow aid shipments from government-controlled areas to enter.

Terrorist organizations, including ISIS, have a history of stealing humanitarian aid and using civilians as human shields in areas they control.

Layla Moussa, founder of the Syrian Democratic Council in Egypt, states that these organizations have always been dependent on regional powers and their function is limited to tampering with the security and stability of the region to serve regional projects.

Moussa confirms that the earthquake catastrophe is a golden opportunity for these organizations to exploit the pain of the Syrian people, seize international aid, impose royalties on financial transfers of the afflicted, and continue to dominate the necks of the afflicted people.