UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday in New York said it has been able to deliver vital humanitarian supplies to civilians in six hard-to-access towns in north-western rural Aleppo.
Stephane Dujarric, UN Special Envoy, said UN and Red Crescent humanitarian workers have safely delivered food, nutrition and hygiene assistance to the towns.
He listed the towns as Kfar Hamra, Maaret Elartiq, Hariten and Hayyan, and then to Nabul and Zahraa.
Dujarric said the UN and its partners have planned to scale up their presence in eastern, western and northern rural Aleppo in a series of deliveries.
“This will be through inter-agency convoys and regular agency programme,’’ he said.
Yacoub El’Hillo, Syrian Humanitarian Co-ordinator, said efforts by the UN and its partners to get access to civilians, wherever they are, would continue.
He said this has become imperative because every affected civilian in Syria has the right to a dignified life where their basic humanitarian needs are met.
El’Hillo said UN humanitarian agencies would continue to call on all parties to the conflict to facilitate access to affected civilians and ensure the safety and security of humanitarian workers.
“All humanitarian agencies must act now, because with Syria’s population of over 22 million people, nearly half is in need of aid, with 2.5 million refugees in neighbouring countries,’’ he said.
El’Hillo said over 100,000 people have died since the Syrian conflict broke out in March 2011. (Xinhua/NAN)