Life-saving humanitarian aid reaches five besieged towns in Syria

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Almost half a million people in Syria are in areas under siege, according to the United Nations. File photo

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GENEVA – United Nations relief wing convoys on Wednesday reached five besieged towns in Syria with aid, officials said.

“Today, we reached five besieged towns in urgent need of humanitarian assistance,” the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Yacoub el-Hillo, said in a press release. 

“The convoys contained life-saving aid including food, medical supplies and equipment, vaccines, water and sanitation items for almost 100,000 people in need of aid,” he said. 

The U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator for Syria added that aid dispatched Wednesday to Moadimayet al-Sham and four other besieged towns was enough for 93,000 people.

“Today, aid for 30,000 people will enter Moadimayet al-Sham. Other aid will be enough for one month for 42,000 in Madaya, and close to 1,000 in Zabadani,” Hillo said. 

This comes just one days after the Syrian government approved humanitarian aid deliveries to seven besieged areas. 

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.

“Sieges need to be lifted wherever they are… it’s unacceptable that such a country exists in this day and age,” the official added.

Almost half a million people in Syria are in areas under siege, according to the U.N..

Reporting by: Lorin Silo

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