Syria: Even wars have limits

16 March 2015

Civilians should never be targeted

Civilians must be protected. Arms bearers must at all times make the distinction between the civilian population and combatants.

Wounded have the right to receive medical care

The injured have the right to protection and must have access to the health care they need. 


Treat prisoners the way you want to be treated

Persons deprived of their liberty must be treated with dignity and humanity, regardless of the reasons for their incarceration. 

Neutral on the front lines, delivering aid impartially is our aim

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement makes no distinction between victims. Our only priority is to provide emergency aid to those in need.


 The humanitarian crisis in Syria is entering its fifth year. Since early 2011, almost a third of Syria's pre-war population of some 22 million has been displaced because of fighting, and more than three million others have sought refuge abroad. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and injured during that time; thousands more have gone missing; whole communities are living in besieged or hard-to-reach areas without adequate shelter, water or food; the wounded and sick lack safe access to medical care. Hardly any family has remained untouched by the catastrophe in Syria today.

Where is the voice of humanity? That is why even wars have limits.