UN aid convoys head to towns besieged by government forces
February 24 2016 01:00 AM
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A Red Crescent convoy carrying humanitarian aid arrives in Kafr Batna, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, on the outskirts of Damascus yesterday during an operation in co-operation with the UN to deliver aid to thousands of besieged Syrians.

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UN aid convoys headed to two Syrian towns besieged by government forces yesterday to deliver life-saving food and medicine to some 30,000 people, a UN spokesman said.
The deliveries to the towns of Moadamiyeh and Kafr Batna, near Damascus, came after aid reached five besieged towns last week, part of a major push to reach civilians facing starvation.
“These are the first of what we hope to be a series of deliveries to meet the needs of people that humanitarian workers have not been able to reach for a long time,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
The convoys carried enough food and medical supplies to help some 20,000 people in Moadamiyeh and 10,000 in Kafr Batna, he said.
The humanitarian aid came a day after the US and Russia agreed on a cessation of hostilities as of Saturday that could pave the way to more deliveries.
The UN is calling on all sides to lift starvation sieges across Syria, where it estimates that 487,000 people live, although some non-governmental organisations say the figure is much higher.
Last week, 114 trucks loaded with food and other basic goods reached 80,000 people in five besieged areas.
The UN is calling for “unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access” to all hard-to-reach areas, said Dujarric.
More than 260,000 people have died in Syria’s conflict, which began in March 2011 with anti-government protests but has since imploded into a multi-sided proxy war.




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