Calls for air drops of humanitarian aid to Syrian besieged towns



    Calls for air drops of humanitarian aid to Syrian besieged towns

    June 2, Damascus: Hundreds of thousands of Syrian people are in dire need of humanitarian aids. The US, UK and France have urged the UN to begin air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged areas in Syria.

    They said the Syrian government had failed to respect the 1 June deadline for widespread aid distribution agreed by world and regional powers.

    Only a small amount of aid was delivered on Wednesday and a convoy to the town of Darayya near Damascus did not carry food.

    The UN Security Council will meet on Friday to discuss the air drops.

    US State Department spokesman John Kirby said hundreds of thousands of Syrians needed "sustained and regular" access to aid.

    He said the UN food agency, the World Food Programme, had briefed the US on how the air drops could be carried out.

    Meanwhile British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond described the limited access for aid allowed on the day of the deadline agreed by the International Syria Support group (ISSG) as "cynical".

    The US and UK called on Russia and Iran, which back the Syrian government, to use their influence to ensure the air drops could proceed safely.
    Russia said the arrival of Wednesday's aid convoys was a positive step

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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