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U.N. delivers first aid to besieged Syria town since 2012

A resident of Syria's Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, pushes a trolley loaded with a box of goods distributed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). (AFP)

The United Nations made its first life-saving aid delivery since 2012 to thousands of people residing in the besieged Syrian town of Mouadamiya, humanitarian agencies said Friday.

“As of July 17, a total of 2,900 family food rations were delivered in support of 14,500 people [in Mouadamiya],” the World Food Program spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said.

According to the spokeswomen, aid workers carrying food and hygiene supplies managed to entered the embattled town, located 10 kilometers southwest of the capital Damascus, on July 14.

The aid group delivered hundreds of food items and 40,000 bars of soap, to the town where a truce between the government and rebels has been imposed since last December, UNICEF spokesman Chris Tidey said.

“Conditions in Mouadamiya are extremely harsh and there have been reported cases of death by starvation,” Tidey said.

The mission to bring aid to the town has been extended for three more days.

The U.N. Security Council adopted on Monday a resolution authorizing humanitarian envoys to deliver aid to Syria without the consent of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, in order to help more than one million civilians in rebel-held areas.

In a joint statement, U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, the heads of the World Food Program and the UNICEF said on Thursday the resolution adopted “represents a breakthrough in our efforts to get aid to Syrians in need.”

U.N. officials warned that more than 10.8 million Syrians are in need for aid, and accused the regime of impeding deliveries of life-saving supplies.

(With AFP and AP)

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Last Update: Friday, 18 July 2014 KSA 20:54 - GMT 17:54
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