UN hopeful of resuming humanitarian aid in Aleppo

  • 11/11/2016

Aid workers in eastern Aleppo are distributing the last available food rations to the quarter of a million people besieged in the Syrian city.

The estimated 250,000 citizens believed to be suffering from the conflict in Aleppo are now heading into what is expected to be a cruel winter, United Nations humanitarian advisor Jan Egeland says.

The UN sent a four-part humanitarian plan to all parties to the conflict several days ago, covering delivery of food and medical supplies, medical evacuations and access for health workers.

Mr Egeland said he was hopeful of a deal with the likes of Russia, the Syrian regime and opposition combatants, that will allow the UN to provide aid to those affected.

"I do believe we will be able to avert mass hunger this winter," he told reporters in Geneva on Thursday (local time).

He said he the reason for his optimism was that "the consequences of no help and no supplies will be so catastrophic I cannot even see that scenario".

Mr Egeland says he has been given the clear impression Russia would continue its pause in air operations over the northern city.

Reuters / Newshub.