Food aid flown into besieged Syrian city

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The United Nations has started delivering aid to people trapped in the north of Syria as fighting continues in the country.

Over 100,000 people have been killed during the three-year civil war which has pitted the government against opposition forces.

Hundreds of thousands are under siege conditions with no access to food.

On Tuesday, the World Food programme, WFP, airlifted enough supplies to feed close to 30,000 displaced people for a month in Qamishli.

The delivery was made from Iraq.

The Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General is Martin Nesirky.

"The airlift comes amid growing problems in reaching people, especially in conflict and besieged areas. It is the second such airlift from Erbil in Iraq, to people who would otherwise be cut off from humanitarian assistance. The first World Food Programme-chartered flight landed at Qamishli airport with 40 metric tonnes of food."

Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups held peace talks in Geneva in Switzerland last week to try to resolve the ongoing conflict and to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered.

Little progress was made and the parties are due to meet again next week.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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