Syria’s besieged Daraya to get first aid since 2012: Red Cross


BEIRUT: Aid agencies are to deliver relief supplies to the besieged Syrian rebel-held town of Daraya on Thursday, the first since 2012, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. “This is the first ever humanitarian convoy to this town in the suburbs of Damascus since the beginning of the siege in Nov. 2012,” ICRC spokesman Pawel Krzysiek said. Five trucks organized by the ICRC, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were to deliver baby milk and medical and school supplies. Daraya had a pre-war population of around 80,000 people but that has dropped by almost 90 percent, with remaining residents suffering from severe shortages and malnutrition. The United Nations says more than 486,000 people are living under siege in Syria, more than half of them in areas besieged by the regime.



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