UN successfully airdrops aid into besieged Syrian city

The United Nations has managed to parachute 20 tons of food into Deir ez-Zor, which has been besieged by Islamic State extremists, the World Food Programme says.

The airdrop on Sunday was the first time that UN food aid reached the 200,000 people in the eastern city since the siege started in March 2014, according to the UN food agency.

The aid that was dropped into Deir ez-Zor will feed only 2,500 people for one month, but the agency says it plans more drops soon to relieve "critical food shortages."

A first attempt to reach the trapped population by air failed in February, due to strong winds and technical problems.

Last update: Mon, 11/04/2016 - 15:40
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