Syria regime relentless on siege of ‘thorn in side’ Daraya


BEIRUT: Under international pressure, Syria’s government has agreed to partial aid access for thousands of civilians living under regime siege but one town near Damascus remains a “thorn in its side”: Daraya. The town was one of the first to erupt in demonstrations against the government — and one of the first to be placed under a strict regime siege in late 2012. Despite appeals from its residents, the United Nations and rights groups, Syria’s government has steadfastly refused to allow aid convoys into the town, most recently in a dramatic 11th-hour rejection earlier this month. Since a partial truce began in February, aid groups have made modest strides in reaching some besieged areas with assistance.



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