UN to deliver siege aid within 24 hours in Syria

    UN to deliver siege aid within 24 hours in Syria

    Feb 12, Damascus: The United Nations hopes that the aid will be delivered to some besieged areas in Syria within the next 24 hours. The move comes shortly after world powers agreed to push for a cessation of hostilities in a week's time.

    Some Syrian cities have been cut off from humanitarian aid for more than a year because of fighting in surrounding areas, media reports said.

    A new UN task force to co-ordinate the distribution of the aid is expected to convene in Geneva later.

    "The UN system has been geared to deliver this aid all along, especially to besieged areas, and that's precisely what's going to be discussed today: how to start, and when to start," UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said.

    UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said that the aid to start as early as tomorrow, immediately after the meeting, especially to besieged areas that need it."

    The plan to deliver aid was part of a package of measures agreed by the 17-member International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in Munich on Friday.

    The group also agreed to seek a nationwide "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week's time, BBC news reported.

    More than 250,000 people have been killed and 13.5 million displaced in almost five years of fighting in Syria.

    The Oslo Times


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