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New EU aid plan for Aleppo

The European Union and United Nations have launched a new proposal to bring humanitarian aid to the besieged Aleppo city in Northern Syria on Sunday.

The plan would provided medical, water and food aid from EU stocks in western Aleppo –which is currently controlled by the Assad-Regime – to the 130,000 people living in opposition controlled eastern Aleppo – which is suffering a harsh bombardment from regime forces. The plan would also evacuate urgent medical cases from the area.

In a statement, the EU's High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said,

The EU calls on all parties to urgently provide the necessary authorisations for aid delivery and for medical evacuations to proceed. It intends to work intensively in the next hours and days with the parties concerned to make this happen

The went on to say that, the mission must take place under the proviso of neutrality and "under the sole responsibility of humanitarian organisations"

The statement also contained details of a 25 million euro aid package for Aleppo and other areas considered a priority in the country.

The plan follows the failure of a ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia and the renewal of an intense bombardment campaign and siege of East-Aleppo.

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