Aid convoy for Syria’s Eastern Ghouta to arrive Monday: UNMarch 5, 2018
New York The United Nations and its partners plan to deliver much-needed relief assistance to the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta this week, the UN’s humanitarian wing said on Sunday.
A convoy of 46 trucks carrying health and nutrition supplies, along with food for 27,500 people, should arrive in the city of Duma on Monday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, adding that the UN and partners have received approval to deliver assistance for 70,000 people in need in Duma.
The UN has received assurances that the remaining supplies for all approved people in need will be delivered on March 8, according to a statement issued by OCHA
So far this year, the only UN aid delivery to Eastern Ghouta was on February 14, when a convoy with supplies for 7,200 people reached the town of Nashabiyah. Meanwhile, the UN has called on all parties in Syria to facilitate unconditional, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to all people in need throughout the country.
On February 24, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2401 calling for a 30-day nationwide ceasefire in Syria, in addition to other measures including the lifting of sieges, particularly in Eastern Ghouta.
However, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis Panos Moumtzis, who is based in Jordan, noted that one week later there has yet to be a cessation of hostilities, while violence has escalated in some areas.
Instead of a much-needed reprieve, we continue to see more fighting, more death, and more disturbing reports of hunger and hospitals being bombed. This collective punishment of civilians is simply unacceptable, he said in a statement issued on Sunday.
Source: International Islamic News Agency