Aid chief "pained and disappointed" Aleppo convoy still stuck in Turkey

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A child standing in front of his ground-flattened school after a bombardment in Ainjara village in rural Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Khalil Alshawi

"Pained and disappointed" is how the UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator described himself on Monday over the delay in delivery of aid to a besieged Syrian city.

Stephen O'Brien expressed disappointment that a 20-truck UN convoy has yet to reach eastern Aleppo, where up to 275,000 civilians are trapped without food, water and medical care.

Humanitarians have been unable to reach the area since early July, following clashes between government forces and armed groups.

Dianne Penn reports.

In a statement, Mr O'Brien said he was "pained and disappointed" that the trucks have been able to cross the border from Turkey.

He said the convoy was to be the first of two that would have carried flour and other food supplies sufficient to feed some 185,000 people for a month.

The UN aid chief hoped that parties to the conflict in Syria, and those with influence over them, "would see the convoy as an opportunity to move forward."

He pointed out that millions of Syrians are in hard-to-reach and besieged locations.

Mr O'Brien said humanitarian aid must remain neutral, impartial and free of political and military agendas.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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