Syrian government still holding up food aid for besieged Daraya

GENEVA – The United Nations is still waiting for Syrian government agreement for an aid convoy to enter the besieged town of Daraya, UN officials said on Tuesday. “The blockage of aid is a political issue,” UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told a regular UN briefing in Geneva. “Daraya is 12 km (7.5 miles) from Damascus, so it can be done but we need the political go-ahead from the government.” Last week Syria’s government, under pressure from its ally Russia and other countries belonging to the International Syria Support Group overseeing the peace process, allowed the first UN aid convoy into Daraya since late 2012.



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