GENEVA / SYRIA EGELAND

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The UN's special advisor for Syria Thursday told reporters in Geneva that UN food supplies have run out in the besieged opposition-held parts of the city of Aleppo, and the UN hopes to be able to bring in food and evacuate wounded civilians in the next few days. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA/SYRIA EGELAND
TRT: 2:48
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 NOVEMBER 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“Monitoring of medical facilities so that they are not used for anything else than civilian and humanitarian use for wounded and sick. Secondly marking of buildings very clearly and fully and the third is notification of localities of such clinics and hospitals to all of the military actors that are using air warfare to avoid any more attacks.”
4. Wide shot, journalists and Egeland from behind
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“I hope this can happen in the next few days. It needs to happen in the next few days, because the last UN food was distributed, has been distributed, there is no food left from the World Food Programme and the UN in east Aleppo. And there is no medical facility that has not been hit in this war, the need could not be more urgent in medical sector.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“We need 72 hours count-down from the time when we have green light from armed opposition groups, Russia and the government of Syria. If that comes let’s say in 48 hours or whatever, we can be there. We can start 72 hours later with this big and complex and dangerous operation. What is my plan B? Let’s realize plan A really, in many ways plan B is that people starve, and can we allow that happen? No, we cannot allow it happen.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“I hear the voices from the civilians in the besieged areas are increasingly desperate. And it is not just east Aleppo, it is all of the other areas as well. They are increasingly desperate. This 5th winter will be by far the worst for civilian population in Syria and many of these areas have now been besieged for a very very long time.”
10. Close up, spokesperson
11. Wide shot, Jan Egeland at podium

STORYLINE:

UN food supplies have run out in the besieged opposition-held parts of the city of Aleppo, and the UN hopes to be able to bring in food and evacuate wounded civilians in the next few days, according to the Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Jan Egeland.

“I hope this can happen in the next few days. It needs to happen in the next few days, because the last UN food was distributed, has been distributed, there is no food left from the World Food Programme and the UN in east Aleppo. And there is no medical facility that has not been hit in this war, the need could not be more urgent in the medical sector,” Egeland Thursday (24 Nov) told the media following the weekly meeting in Geneva of Humanitarian Taskforce on Syria.

Egeland said that the UN had received written approval from Syrian rebels for the operation and also has "verbal support" from Russia, but that the team is still waiting for approval from the Syrian government. Once the green light was received from all sides, Egeland said, the UN could begin bringing life-saving aid into east Aleppo in a matter of three days.
“We need 72 hours count-down from the time when we have green light from armed opposition groups, Russia and the government of Syria. If that comes let’s say in 48 hours or whatever, we can be there,” he said. “We can start 72 hours later with this big and complex and dangerous operation”.

Responding to journalist's question about a plan B, Egeland said: “Let’s realize plan A, really. In many ways plan B is that people starve, and can we allow that happen? No, we cannot allow it to happen.”

East Aleppo is home to some 275,000 people and has been besieged since July, with no food or medical supplies having entered the areas since then.

According to Egeland, there are currently some 900 000 people living in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, more than at any time before in this war.

So far, during the month of November, only one humanitarian convoy was able to deliver food to 1,700 people living in Rastan, in the Homs region.

The senior UN aid official also said that his office would like to try to launch a system that could help to get out of this “horrific situation where clinics and hospitals are getting attacked”.

According to Egeland the new system encompasses the “monitoring of medical facilities so that they are not used for anything else than civilian and humanitarian use for wounded and sick. Secondly marking of buildings very clearly and fully and the third is notification of localities of such clinics and hospitals to all of the military actors that are using air warfare to avoid any more attacks.”

On a personal note, Egeland said that he felt an “an enormous responsibility” towards the besieged civilians in Syria. “The voices from the civilians in the besieged areas are increasingly desperate. And it is not just east Aleppo, it is all of the other areas as well. They are increasingly desperate. This fifth winter will be by far the worst for the civilian population in Syria and many of these areas have now been besieged for a very very long time”, he said.
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