Humanitarian convoys "ready to depart" for Aleppo

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Food, nutrition, health and emergency items enter the Al Waer neighbourhood of Homs, Syria, on 23 August 2016. Photo: OCHA/Al Jundi

Humanitarian convoys are "ready to depart" for the city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria to deliver aid after Russia agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian pause, UN officials announced on Thursday.

However, other parties on the ground have yet to give their security assurances. The city is divided with rebel forces controlling the east and government forces the west. Since 2012, the two parties have fighting for control of what was once Syria's economic capital.

The human toll and suffering in Syria during the 6 year war has been described by the UN relief coordinator as "sickening."

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

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