Aid convoys reach 4 long-besieged Syrian towns

2016-09-25 21:01
Vehicles of the ICRC and the UN wait to deliver aid. (Fadi Dirani, AFP)

Vehicles of the ICRC and the UN wait to deliver aid. (Fadi Dirani, AFP)

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Beirut - The International Committee for the Red Cross says it has delivered food and medical supplies to four besieged Syrian towns that have been inaccessible to aid organisations in nearly six months.

The organisation said on Sunday it was reaching 60 000 residents trapped in the towns of Madaya, Zabadani, Foua, and Kafraya.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, which is managing the convoys jointly with the UN and the ICRC, says 53 trucks have reached Madaya and Zabadani, besieged by pro-government forces, and 18 trucks have reached Kafraya and Foua, which are besieged by rebels.

Government forces and rebels have so far blocked the UN from establishing regular aid access to besieged areas in Syria. The UN estimates 600 000 Syrians are trapped in different sieges.

Read more on:    un  |  icrc  |  syria  |  aid  |  syria conflict

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