Aid delivered to besieged community in Syria after nine month wait

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An operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to a besieged neighbourhood of the Syrian city of Aleppo has been described as "rare and risky" by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency said that the last time it was able to deliver aid to the inhabitants of Boustan al Qaser was in June last year.

UNHCR and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent sent two trucks of supplies following an agreement with the Syrian government and opposition.

The goods were offloaded at the last checkpoint at the outskirts of the city and then transported into the community using carts pulled by workers.

The agency said the workers made 270 trips, moving back and forth one and a half kilometres each way transporting the supplies to the Syrian Red Crescent warehouse.

According to UNHCR, a ceasefire agreed for the duration of the operation, was fully respected by all parties.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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