syria aid

“White Helmets” Say Aleppo Residents Ten Days from Starvation

By Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM, Nov 24 – The inhabitants of besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo have fewer than ten days to receive aid or face starvation and death from a lack of medical supplies, the head of the Syria Civil Defence, or “White Helmets”, said on Thursday. The volunteer group which works in opposition-held territory and

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Food Production in Syria Hits All-Time Low – U.N. Agencies

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Nov 15  – Food production has dropped to an all-time low in Syria where civilians are struggling through their sixth winter in a war zone, U.N. agencies said on Tuesday. Many farmers have had to abandon their land, unable to afford the soaring cost of seeds, fertilisers and tractor fuel, the

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Syrian Government Okays U.N. Aid Plan But Not For Aleppo

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 13  – The Syrian government has partially approved a United Nations aid plan for October but not its request to deliver urgently needed supplies to the rebel-held part of Aleppo, diplomats and a U.N. official said on Thursday. Damascus has given a green light for convoys to 25 of 29

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You Can’t Please Everyone

The U.N. humanitarian mission in Syria is constantly scrutinized by the rebels and the regime. By Nour Samaha It is considered one of the most controversial United Nations’ missions in recent history, and over the last year it has come under the fire and scrutiny of opposition supporters, who claim it is no longer acting impartially, and is under the influence

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U.N. Resumes Syria Aid Delivery After Attack

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA, Sept 22 – The United Nations appealed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups on Thursday to allow aid convoys to enter eastern Aleppo as U.N. relief operations in Syria resumed after a 48-hour suspension due to a deadly attack. A U.N. convoy loaded with medical and

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U.N. says Aid Convoys Ready to Roll Again in Syria

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 22  – The United Nations is gearing up to resume aid deliveries in Syria suspended after a deadly attack on a relief convoy near Aleppo two days ago, officials said on Wednesday. “The preparation for these convoys has now resumed and we are ready to deliver aid to besieged and hard-to-reach

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Putin Wants US to Protect Aid Convoys in Syria, Germany’s Gabriel says

MOSCOW, Sept 22  – Russian President Vladimir Putin wants the United States to protect aid convoys in Syria, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said after meeting him in Moscow. An air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo on Monday, shattering a ceasefire. The United States believes Russian aircraft are responsible but Moscow

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Syrian Opposition: International Ceasefire Efforts Lack Credibility

By John Irish and Yara Bayoumy NEW YORK, Sept 21 – Syria’s chief opposition coordinator Riad Hijab said on Tuesday that international efforts to achieve a ceasefire in Syria’s civil war were doomed without any credible mechanism to designate blame or attribute consequences. Hijab, once a prime minister under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said in

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Russia says Syrian Aid Convoy Caught Fire, Was Not Shot Up

MOSCOW, Sept 20  – The Russian Defence Ministry on Tuesday rejected assertions that an aid convoy near Aleppo had been shelled or struck from the air the previous day, saying it had caught fire instead. The United Nations suspended all aid shipments into Syria on Tuesday after what it said was a deadly attack on

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Eastern Aleppo Aid Stuck in Turkey as Syria Truce Expires

BEIRUT, Sept 19 – Two 20-truck aid convoys destined for eastern Aleppo with enough supplies to feed 185,000 people for a month are still stuck in Turkey, a U.N. spokesman said on Monday, hours after a ceasefire in Syria expired. The U.N. has said it does not have sufficient security guarantees from all sides in

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