UN: Aid airdrop to besieged Syrian city failed

2016-02-25 18:17
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Geneva - The United Nations failed in its first attempt to parachute aid to Syrians trapped in Deir ez-Zor, as the entire 21 tons of food were lost or destroyed, a World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson says, confirming opposition reports.

Most of the parachutes drifted away from their targets, while others failed to open during the Wednesday operation and hit the ground.

Reaching Deir-ez-Zor, which is besieged by ISIS extremists, is a key goal because the city accounts for nearly half of the 480 000 people living in besieged areas in Syria, senior UN advisor Jan Egeland explains.

However, he stresses that 180 trucks have delivered aid to 110 000 civilians trapped in six other areas during the past two weeks since regional and global powers agreed on pushing for humanitarian access and a ceasefire in the war-torn country.

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