Aid convoys reach 3 Syria communities besieged for months

DAMASCUS – The UN humanitarian chief has called for Monday’s delivery of aid to three besieged towns in Syria to be the first of many and welcomed a Syrian statement that such deliveries should be repeated and sustained.

Stephen O’Brien told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council behind closed doors that the arrival of convoys to help civilians

in the three towns cut off for months by the war in Syria must not be “either one-off or exceptional.” Aid convoys with food and other supplies reached three besieged villages on Monday – Madaya, near Damascus, where O’Brien said about 400 people need to be evacuated immediately to receive life-saving treatment for medical conditions, malnourishment and starvation, and the Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya in northern Syria. O’Brien said efforts will be made to get ambulances to Madaya on Tuesday to evacuate the 400 people, of all ages, if safe passage can be assured.



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