West calls on U.N. to begin airdrops in Syria

Jun 02, 2016, 1:53 AM EDT
Humanitarian crisis in Syria
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As conditions worsen in war-torn Syria, the U.S., Britain and France have called on the United Nations to begin airdrops  supplying humanitarian aid to thousands of civilians trapped in areas besieged either by the government forces or rebel fighters. The appeal comes after the Syrian regime failed to carry out widespread aid distribution by June 1 deadline agreed upon by world and regional powers.

The U.N. Security Council will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss the air drops, writes the BBC. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that the air drops, which are “complex, costly and risky,” are the only options left to reach thousands of Syrians who need sustained and regular access to aid.

On Wednesday, the rebel-held Syrian town of Darayya received its first delivery of aid supplies since November 2012, when it was besieged by the government forces, writes TRT World. British charity Save the Children slammed the Syrian regime for supplying aid without the “desperately needed” food and described the act as “shocking and completely unacceptable.”

Russia’s defense ministry, which claimed to have persuaded the Syrian authorities to institute a 48-hour pause to allow aid distribution, described the delivery of supplies in Darayya as a “positive step.”