Fighting blocks delivery of aid to Syrians trapped in Homs

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A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point.

Heavy fighting around the Syrian city of Homs has prevented United Nations aid mission from delivering food and other relief items to families trapped in the city.

United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs(OCHA) says the failure of the mission was despite assurances received from the local parties to the conflict that the aid distribution would be allowed to proceed.

The mission was to deliver 155 tons of food for about 16,500 people and non food items such as mattresses blankets and hygiene kits was expected to start aid distribution in the Old City of Homs and Qusayr City during the weekend ceasefire.

UN agencies heavy fighting in parts of Homs City is preventing thousands of people from receiving humanitarian assistance.

Jens Laerke is the spokesperson for OCHA in Geneva.

"All parties on the ground contacted in advance of the mission expressed in principle willingness to allow aid through the front lines. However immediate delivery was prevented by active conflict and logistical complications such as lack of safe location to off load the goods. The relief in those trucks was stored in the Syrian Arab Crescent warehouse in Homs, waiting for an opportunity to deliver. The mission members returned safely to Damascus on Sunday, and our efforts to reach all parts of the country continue."

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