By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Monday, 30 May 2016
A United Nations official says Bashar Assad in Syria is hindering the process of this organization’s effort to provide humanitarian aid to more than half a million besieged Syrian civilians.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien said on Friday the Syrian government’s deliberate meddling has led to delays in the transfer of humanitarian aid by this organization to more than half a million civilians living in under siege areas, the Associated Press reported.
Around 452,000 of these individuals are currently besieged by Syrian government forces, the UN aid chief added, reporting to the UN Security Council via satellite from Geneva.
O’Brien referred to cases in which the Syrian government at the last moment prevented convoys of humanitarian aid from being deployed despite initially confirming the provision of this support.
Other methods of providing aid
The UN chief concluded his remarks by referring to other methods of providing aerial support through dropping food baskets into besieged areas, adding however this method is costly, dangerous and difficult.
Another UN official involved in attempting to launch peace talks between the government and opposition rebels in Syria mentioned the slow process of the necessary humanitarian aid being provided to residents of besieged areas. Children are dying of malnutrition in three areas besieged by Syrian government forces, he added.