Plenty of civilians in danger of starvation in Syria: UN

    Plenty of civilians in danger of starvation in Syria: UN

    May 27, Damascus: More than 400,000 Syrians are trapped in areas besieged by the government or armed groups across the country.

    The United Nations has called for greater humanitarian access amid fears that many civilians risk starvation in besieged areas.

    Speaking to reporters in Geneva on Thursday, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said there "are plenty of civilians at the moment in danger of starvation" in Syria.

    The UN also estimates that upwards of four million people are trapped in "hard-to-reach" areas.

    Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council and special adviser to the UN envoy, told reporters plans to reach a million Syrians with humanitarian assistance have fallen short.

    He added that, "Of the one million people that we have planned and have tried to reach by land in May, we've only so far reached 160,000," he said.

    The UN has resorted to air drops of food to reach 110,000 people besieged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in the town of
    Deir Az Zor, and is considering air drops to places besieged by government forces if it does not get permission to go in by land, reports said.

    According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the five-year conflict in Syria has killed more than 270,000 people in the last five years.

    The Oslo Times


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