Seven million people in Syria receiving medical supplies from UN

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Boys play on the streets of Aleppo, capital of the north-western Aleppo Governorate, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi

More than 5 million people per month are receiving life-saving, humanitarian assistance in Syria and more than 7 million are being provided with medical supplies, the UN has confirmed.

Syrian citizens continue to suffer as the war there between the government and rebel forces edges towards its sixth year.

Andita Listyarini has more details.

The eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo has been the focus of recent intense fighting as the government continues to take back neighbourhoods occupied by rebel forces.

Speaking in Vienna, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said millions have received aid from the UN, but getting to those people stranded in Aleppo was problematic.

"What we have seen most recently in eastern Aleppo, that's very heart breaking. We have been really trying to provide life-saving, life sustaining, humanitarian support to many people who have been stranded, who have been kept in the besieged areas or hard to reach areas. It has been very difficult while this fighting was going on." 

Meanwhile, the Syria Representative of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been talking about her recent visit to eastern Aleppo.

Hanaa Singer described shelling and explosions there as "unrelenting and deafening."

She said children laughed at her every time she reacted to the explosions, adding that it was "not real laughter but an abnormal reaction born out of a complete loss of normalcy."

The latest media reports say that rebels have now retreated from Aleppo.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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