Aleppo aid plan “must be approved soon to avoid catastrophe"

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People are “desperate” in Syria, Jan Egeland told journalists in Geneva. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

With the onset of winter, a UN-backed plan to get aid into Eastern Aleppo needs to be approved by warring parties very soon since the alternative could be "catastrophic", a senior aid official said Thursday.

Speaking in Geneva after hosting a meeting of the Syria Humanitarian Task Force, Jan Egeland said that "the last food rations" were now being distributed in besieged areas of the city.

He added that previous attempts to deliver aid into Aleppo had failed because the UN did not have the agreement of all those involved in the conflict.

Daniel Johnson has more.

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