Thousands of besieged Syrians wait for life-saving aid, UN pending approval from parties to conflict


A man holds an injured child at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Kalaseh neighbourhood in Aleppo. File photo

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DAMASCUS – The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Damascus Yacoub El Hillo said on Sunday that U.N. agencies and partner aid organizations plan to deliver humanitarian aid to thousands of civilians in Syria’s besieged areas this week. 

“Life-saving aid is planned to be delivered to 154,000 Syrians in besieged areas in the next five days,” El Hillo said in a statement. 

The U.N. insisted that it is ready to deliver aid to more than 1.7 million people in hard-to-reach Syrian areas in the first quarter of 2016.

However, U.N. agencies still wait for approval from parties to the conflict in Syria in order to start this mission, El Hillo said. 

According to U.N. estimates, more than 500,000 Syrians are living under siege and 4.6 million people are stranded in areas hard-to-reach with aid.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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