Relief supplies for Syrians destroyed in attack

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

A humanitarian aid convoy and warehouses storing relief supplies have come under attack in Syria, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

More than 13,000 blankets destined for displaced Syrians were destroyed after a warehouse belonging to the Syrian Red Crescent was hit by a motor shell in Aleppo, while a truck transporting over 600 blankets was hijacked by unknown people on its way to Adra, a town on the outskirts of Damascus.

UNHCR says its operations in Damascus have been disrupted by insecurity, while staff working in the north-eastern Hassakeh governorate temporarily have been withdrawn.

Melissa Fleming from UNHCR says despite the insecurity, the organization has been able to deliver emergency packages aimed at assisting families to meet basic needs during the coming winter.

"Inside Syria we are progressing in our effort to help half a million people by the end of this year although our efforts to do so are continuously disrupted by the security situation. We have distributed family aid packages to 59,000 families. But unfortunately, the recent deliveries have been very difficult, marred by violence and insecurity also spreading to parts of the country that used to be relatively calm." (Duration 31")

Donn Bobb, United Nations

Duration: 1’19″

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