Food supplies delivered to war-torn Syrian town

Jun 10, 2016, 5:21 AM EDT
(Source: Anas Qtiesh/flickr)
(Source: Anas Qtiesh/flickr)

Syria’s besieged town of Darayya received its first deliveries of food supplies since 2012, providing relief to thousands of starving civilians. The U.N.’s special envoy, Staffan de Mistura, said on Thursday that the Syrian government allowed access to 19 besieged areas where more than 600,000 people are trapped while a civil war rages.

According to an aid worker, the relief supplies delivered by the Syrian Red Crescent and the United Nations’ humanitarian body will be able to support residents for one month, writes USA Today. Earlier this week, some western powers, including the U.S., Britain and France, have called for airdrops in rebel-held areas where Damascus was not allowing access to humanitarian workers.

De Mistura said he believed that the pressure of prospective airdrops prompted the Syrian government to grant permission for delivery of humanitarian aid in besieged areas. Darayya, which was among the first towns to witness protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, received a meager supply of non-food items earlier this month, reports the BBC.

In a separate development, U.S.-backed forces advanced to a stronghold of Islamic State in the northern part of Syria on Thursday. However, militants were reported to hold their ground in the town of Manbij, which lies on a key supply line connecting Turkey with IS capital Raqqa.