Mediterranean Basin Weekly Review - 13 March 2012

from NATO Civil-Military Fusion Centre
Published on 13 Mar 2012

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 06 March—12 March, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at

Inside this issue:

  • In Focus
  • HoA: Land & Sea
  • North Africa
  • Northeast Africa
  • Syria

Syria: Humanitarian Assistance

During a two-day visit to Syria, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, who said Syria is committed to cooperating with the UN mission within the framework of the nation’s sovereignty and independence. In a statement issued following her visit, Amos indicated that she had come to an agreement with Syrian ministers for a joint prelimi-nary humanitarian assessment mission to be conducted in the most affected areas. Amos described the agreement as “a necessary first step” but noted that a proposal had been submitted to the Government of Syria requesting “unhindered access to evacuate the wounded and deliver desperately needed supplies”.

According to the latest humanitarian update on Syria from ICRC, the situation “remains difficult in many parts of the country”. Cold weather and the deteriorating economic situation are cited as the main concerns for the population. Priority areas include Abel, Ha-ma, Idlib, Dara’a and rural Damascus. A team from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) was permitted to enter the devastated district of Baba Amr on 07 March; however, most citizens had already fled the fighting. Priorities set by the organisation include providing food, blankets and hygiene kits for people in areas most affected by violence.