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Syria, Facing Deadline, Allows Limited Aid to Besieged Town of Daraya

Posted by Steve Schram on June 02, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Originally published on June 1, 2016 on The New York Times by Rick Gladstone.

Facing a United Nations commitment to start airdropping aid to civilians in rebel-held areas, the Syrian government eased some limits on humanitarian truck convoys on Wednesday and allowed one into a deprived Damascus suburb blockaded since 2012.

Despite appearances of a relaxation, however, international aid workers, opposition figures and Western officials said the aid deliveries, conducted by the United Nations and the Red Cross, were minimal and contained no urgently needed food.

Britain’s top diplomat described the convoys as a cynical gesture by the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, and suggested that the promised airdrops would soon begin. One government opponent called the truck deliveries “farcically small.”

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