Hard-to-access towns in Syria's rural Aleppo get relief aid

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Six hard-to-access towns in north-western rural Aleppo in Syria have received life saving supplies, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

On Thursday and Friday last week, UN agencies and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reached the people in need in the towns that have been besieged for more than a year and a half.

They delivered food and non-food items, including shelter materials, blankets, hygiene kits and medicines.

Matthew Hollingworth, WFP's Syria Country Director who led the inter-agency mission said the villages in the area are half empty.

"Many people have left. Anybody who had any resources to leave has left and the people that have been left behind are the most vulnerable, the poorest who couldn't afford to move and there is no work available in these areas anymore. Any industry that existed previously has gone and so people are eking out their existence growing what food they can and looking after sheep and cattle to meet their own needs but they certainly have a great difficulty meeting all of their needs." (28")

Mr. Hollingworth said the residents of Nabul and Zahraa were exhilarated to see outsiders come into the besieged cities after more than a year and a half.

At the same time, he added, there is a lot of frustration, anger and fear among the people who have been badly affected by what he described as the "horrific war" in Syria.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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