Syrian refugees get first relief supplies in weeks

Aug 05, 2016, 6:10 AM EDT
Syrian refugees
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The United Nations said that it delivered a month's worth of food and hygiene supplies to thousands of Syrian refugees stranded on the border with Jordan. More than 75,000 people have been living in desperate need of humanitarian aid since June when Jordan closed its border in the aftermath of a deadly attack carried out by Islamic State. Sweltering temperatures have made the conditions worse for refugees, who are living in makeshift camps with dwindling supply of food and water.

For the first time, the U.N. World Food Program (W.F.P.) has deployed drones to monitor the distribution of aid, writes the BBC. Jordan said it will not allow delivery of humanitarian supplies in future owing to security reasons.

In a separate development, the U.N. is reportedly mulling overseeing a Russian proposal to create exit corridors for civilians to leave the besieged city Aleppo, notes The Guardian. Human rights groups have vehemently opposed the plan, saying that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and their allies might use the flight of civilians as a justification to scale up offensive in the city.

Besides, the aid agencies believe that the plan is not workable, given that the proposed corridors remain highly risky with intense fighting around.