Coronavirus outbreaks across the Middle East threaten to shatter the lives of millions of already displaced people in war zones, and could gas socio-financial upheaval, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) stated on Thursday.
Curfews and lockdowns imposed as public health measures to stem the spread of the virus are already making it tough or impossible for many to provide for their households, it stated.
The Geneva-based company, in a statement naming Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Gaza, Lebanon, and Jordan, called for authorities in the risky area to prepare for a “doubtlessly devastating aftermath” and a “socio-economic earthquake”.
The ICRC assertion didn’t refer to Iran, which has the area’s greatest outbreak, but a spokesperson stated it was supporting the Iranian Red Crescent society.
Hundreds of thousands in the Middle East already lack health care, food, water, and electricity in conflict-hit nations where costs are rising and infrastructure damaged, the ICRC stated.
The ICRC stated it had provided its first hygiene kits and protective gear for central prisons run by Syria’s interior ministry. Carboni disclosed a request to Damascus authorities in an interview last month, saying detainees have been more vulnerable than the overall population.
Protective kits, along with disinfectants, have also been donated to health facilities and locations of detention across Iraq with over 45,000 inmates, the statement said.