Syria humanitarian task force takes stock of aid deliveries

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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will be chairing the meeting of the humanitarian task force in Geneva. Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

In Geneva, a humanitarian task force is set to meet for a second time at the UN on Thursday to assess what progress has been made in delivering aid to besieged populations in Syria, it's been announced.

The development comes after a joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Cross mission delivered vital aid to five towns in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria who's chairing the meeting in Geneva, said that this was a "test for the capability of the UN" to deliver aid, and for the parties on the ground to allow this to take place.

Daniel Johnson has more.

In a statement ahead of the second meeting in Geneva of the Task Force on Humanitarian Access in Syria, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura underlined that more than 400,000 people now live in areas besieged by the Government and opposition forces.

The meeting comes after vital aid for 100,000 people was delivered on Wednesday to five towns in Syria, via 100 trucks coordinated by the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Cross.

The aid convoys carried life-saving supplies including food, medical supplies and equipment, vaccines, water and sanitation items.

That development follows UN envoy de Mistura's discussions with Syrian government officials in Damascus on Tuesday, where he pushed for access to all areas under siege in the war-torn country, in line with a deal struck last week at the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich.

Expected to attend the meeting at the United Nations in Geneva are delegates representing the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), which includes the UN, Russia, the United States and the Arab League, and more than a dozen other nations.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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