HASAKAH, Syria — As a part of its efforts to improve the quality of life for the internally displaced people (IDPs) in North and East Syria, the Syriac Cross Organization for Relief and Development continues to distribute humanitarian aid to the displaced people of Rish Ayno (Ras al-Ayn) displaced to Hasakah Canton.
Syriac Cross recently completed its eighth round of distributing food baskets to the displaced people from Rish Ayno living in the neighborhoods of Al-Kababa and Masaken al-Mahabah in the city of Hasakah.
According to an administrator with Syriac Cross, the campaign started almost two years in the wake of the Turkish invasion on Tel Abyad and Rish Ayno in cooperation with the Christian non-profit Samaritan’s Purse.
To date, thousands of food baskets have been distributed to the displaced people who reside in the neighborhoods, schools, and camps. Since the beginning of 2021, the distribution of aid has been limited to the communes in Hasakah.
Just over two years ago, on 9 October 2019, Turkey and its Syrian National Army (SNA) proxies invaded North and East Syria, displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians.
The Syriac Union Party (SUP) issued a statement condemning the invasion and occupation which has also displaced the people from the predominantly Syriac–Assyrian Khabur River Valley.
“With the continuation of this status quo, the suffering of the displaced people is worsening, but they hope that this bitter situation will disappear and return safely to their homes,” read the statement.
The SUP appealed to the international community to stand firmly against these Turkish policies and violations, calling for an end to the occupation and the safe return of the people of the Khabur, Rish Ayno, Tel Abyad, Cafrin (Afrin), and other regions.
It also called on the international community to pressure Turkey to release the three fighters of the Syriac Military Council (Mawthbo Folhoyo Suryoyo, MFS) taken prisoner by Turkish forces and illegally transported across the border into Turkey for trial.