humanitarian aid

UN demands immediate safe passage for aid stuck at Syrian border

The first civilian deaths since a ceasefire took effect in Syria were reported Thursday, while opposing sides in the conflict continued to hold back aid deliveries to hundreds of thousands of...

Aid delayed for hundreds of thousands of Syrians as ceasefire holds

A ceasefire in Syria was holding Thursday, despite a limited number of reported breaches, but humanitarian aid supplies have not yet entered the country and are being held up on the border with...

Ceasefire a "positive" but Syrians still await aid deliveries

The first 36 hours of the Syrian ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States appeared "positive," a monitoring group said Wednesday, but activists warned that desperate people were still...

Russia announces humanitarian operation in Syria's besieged Aleppo

Russia and the Syrian government are beginning a massive humanitarian operation in the besieged northern city of Aleppo, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

Second-largest aid convoy enters besieged rebel enclave in Syria

A 48-truck convoy, the second-largest during Syria's five-year conflict, has entered a besieged rebel-held area near the central city of Homs, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)...

Food aid enters Syria's besieged Daraya for first time since 2012

The first food aid convoy since a siege by government forces began in 2012 has entered the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Daraya, officials said Friday, but airstrikes on the area quickly resumed,...

UN diplomat: Aid lifeline to millions of Syrians hangs by a thread

Millions of Syrians are at immediate risk of being cut off from humanitarian aid unless fighting subsides, senior UN envoy Jan Egeland warns.

US pledges another 155 million dollars in humanitarian aid for Iraq

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday in Baghdad promised another 155 million dollars in humanitarian assistance for Iraqis affected by a militant insurgency in the country.

Aid groups call for changes in approach to Syria crisis

Humanitarian aid groups on Thursday called for sustained access to areas in Syria, a focus on long-term aid and US leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis.

UN makes first aid delivery under fragile Syrian truce

Aid trucks arrived in Moadamiyet al-Sham in southern Syria on Monday, taking advantage of a shaky ceasefire in the war-torn country that is now in its third day.

UN to deliver humanitarian aid to 154,000 people in Syria

The United Nations will deliver humanitarian aid to hard-hit areas in war-torn Syria over the next five days, a UN official said Monday.

UN completes first aid drop to Syrian city besieged by Islamic State

The UN completed its first humanitarian aid airdrop to Deir ez-Zor, a Syrian city besieged by Islamic State extremists, UN Humanitarian Affairs Chief Stephen O'Brien tells the UN Security Council...

UN: Delivery of aid to Syria is more complicated than expected

The United Nations is still waiting for security guarantees that will allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged areas of Syria to begin according to an agreement between world powers in...

Agencies seek billions of dollars in food aid for African countries

Aid organizations and officials have launched appeals for billions of dollars in funding to bring food aid to millions of people in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Sudan.

Britain pledges 1.2 billion pounds for Syria and region

Britain has pledged another 1.2 billion pounds (1.75 billion dollars) in aid to Syria and the region, the government said Thursday ahead of an international donors' conference in London.