Besieged civilians in Yarmouk camp south of Damascus. File photo
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DAMASCUS – Syrian government has approved humanitarian aid deliveries to seven besieged areas, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
The seven areas are deemed the most in need of relief, according to the 17-member International Syria Support Group.
The areas include Foah and Kefraya, besieged by rebels; Madaya, Zabadani, Kafr Batna and Muaddamiyah, under siege by pro-Assad troops; and Deir ez-Zor, under siege by ISIS militants.
“Humanitarian agencies and partners are preparing convoys for these areas, to depart as soon as possible in the coming days,” a UN spokesperson said.
More than half a million civilians live in the besieged areas, according to the UN.
The government’s approval of aid deliveries to the besieged areas comes after a visit by the U.S. special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to Damascus on Tuesday.
“It is clear it is the duty of the government of Syria to want to reach every Syrian person wherever they are and allow the UN to bring humanitarian aid, particularly now after so long time,” de Mistura told reporters in Damascus.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi