Syria aid deliveries to begin within next week

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UNRWA distributing aid in Yalda, an area adjacent to Yarmouk, Syria, hosting displaced civilians. File Photo: UNRWA

Deliveries of aid to besieged cities in Syria are to begin in the next week, the UN has said.

On Thursday world powers agreed in Germany to push for a cessation of hostilities in the war-ravaged country and to plan for the distribution of more relief aid.

Ana Carmo reports

More than 250,000 people have been killed in five years of civil war in Syria.

Around 12 million people have fled their homes.

Many have stayed put and are now living in besieged areas.

Ahmad Fawzi a UN Spokesperson in Geneva said aid deliveries would begin as soon as possible.

“We hope to start as early as tomorrow, immediately after the meeting, decisions will be taken to roll the aid in, especially to besieged areas that need it.”

The plan to deliver aid was made by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) a coalition of countries and international organizations including the UN.

It is also pushing for a cessation of hostilities within one week.

Ana Carmo, United Nations

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