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UN says aid convoy not going to Syria's Ghouta as planned

March 4, 2018 at 12:31 pm

A UN convoy, the first since 28 November 2017 to enter Eastern Ghouta, where almost 400,000 civilians are under siege.

A humanitarian convoy carrying life-saving supplies from UN and other aid agencies will not enter the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta as planned on Sunday, a UN official in Syria told Reuters.

“The convoy to east Ghouta is not able to proceed today,” the official said, adding that the UN and its humanitarian partners “remain on standby to deliver desperately needed assistance as soon as conditions allow”.

The convoy of some 40 trucks had been due to go to Douma in the government-besieged enclave near Damascus, where some 400,000 people need food, medical and other supplies, the UN says. Only one small convoy with supplies for 7,200 people has been allowed to Ghouta so far this year, in mid-February.

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