Deraa, Syria, needs humanitarian help
May 5, 2011
Political protests in Syria have led to violence and the city of Deraa has had no electricity and communications since April 26, according to IRIN News.
This is because the electricity was cut by a regime that fears reporting and internet access.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is asking for humanitarian access and says that the regime's responses and actions are causing a "deepening national crisis."
"The violence has resulted in a large number of casualties and we fear that if the situation worsens, more lives will be lost. It is urgent that emergency medical services, first aid workers and others performing life saving tasks swiftly reach those in need," Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC delegation in Damascus, told the news source.
Syria has a population of 22.5 million with a median age of 21.9 years, according to the CIA World Factbook. The country borders Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, and the official language is Arabic.