Eleven years after the start of the conflict in Syria, the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of the war in Ukraine have further worsened the economic situation in the war-torn country. FRANCE 24 interviewed Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who recently met with President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Maurer said Assad was “well aware of the international environment and the pressure it puts on Syria” and that the Syrian leader was “grateful for the humanitarian work” but “crystal clear in his view that things cannot go on like this.” .
Asked about the situation Ukrainewhere the ICRC has been involved in implementing humanitarian corridors, Maurer said the organization “managed in some places – Mariupol, Sumy and others – to reach hard-to-reach populations. We managed to do some things, but not enough, because trust there is not enough between the parties to create humanitarian corridors that are more effective, more open, safer for the population”.