ISNA Condemns Attack on Syrian Town of Madaya
(Plainfield, IN 1/7/16) Today, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) issued a statement over the Assad Regime's attack of the Syrian town of Madaya, located only a few miles from the Lebanese border.
The siege has lasted for over six months resulting in the starvation of almost 40,000 of civilians trapped within the town. Latest reports have stated however, that the Syrian government is now beginning to allow aid to reach the inhabitants of the city.
SEE: Syrian government 'to let aid into besieged Madaya' (BBC)
ISNA President Azhar Azeez said:
"We are extremely disturbed by the total disrespect for civilian life in this conflict. We call on the Assad Regime and its Russian and Iranian allies to end the siege and to respect international humanitarian law, especially in reference to the treatment of civilians in armed conflict. We are gravely concerned about the welfare of the over 40,000 people trapped within Madaya."
ISNA also calls on both Russia and Iran to end its diplomatic, economic and military support for the Assad Regime. Their interference has only exacerbated the situation.
What can American Muslims do to help?
We urge the American Muslim community to donate and support Syrian humanitarian relief organizations who are trying to alleviate the suffering there.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.
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CONTACT: ISNA Communications Director Edgar Hopida, 317-839-1820 or 317-679-6350, email@example.com