Syria: Madaya

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:11 pm on 11th January 2016.

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Photo of Natalie McGarry Natalie McGarry Independent, Glasgow East 4:11 pm, 11th January 2016

I congratulate Jo Cox on raising this political issue, and I welcome the Secretary of State’s condemnation of the Assad regime. She said that only one previous request to the regime to allow the delivery of aid to Madaya was granted, suggesting that the international community has for some time known about the potential for a humanitarian crisis and about the actions of the Assad regime. Does it not demonstrate the incoherence of tackling only Daesh without tackling Assad, when Assad and allies such as Hezbollah are so comprehensively breaching international law? To slightly misquote Harry Patch, the last remaining Tommy, surely this is a war that must end around a table.