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First aid convoy since June reaches Homs

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 01:01

World Food Programme and Red Crescent aid convoys reached Houla, a besieged suburb of the Syrian city of Homs, on Saturday (July 15), according to videos posted to social media websites. Aid agencies in Syria have repeatedly called for regular access to areas under siege, saying that one-off deliveries quickly run out. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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The first aid convoy since June, arriving in Homs on Saturday. Red Crescent and Wold Food Programme lorries arrived in the beseiged Houla suburb of the Syrian city. Video posted on social media websites show relief items including wheat flour, medical supplies and water. Aid agencies in Syria have repeatedly called for regular access to areas under siege, saying that one-off deliveries quickly run out. The U.N. are concerned too. They say there are more than half a million people living in 18 areas across Syria that are besieged by warring sides in the five-year conflict. Aid agencies reported deaths from starvation in government-besieged Madaya earlier this year. The Syrian government has given intermittent and often conditional approval to aid convoys. The opposition says this is a ploy by Damascus designed to defuse international pressure for full humanitarian access which Syria is obliged to grant under international law.

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First aid convoy since June reaches Homs

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 01:01