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France calls UN to air drops of humanitarian aid to Syria

France on Wednesday called on the United Nations to begin air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged areas in Syria despite convoy deliveries of assistance to two towns.

The appeal comes ahead of a Security Council meeting on Friday called to discuss access for humanitarian aid to the besieged areas.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who holds the council presidency this month, said access to the towns and villages under siege remained blocked and blamed the Syrian regime.

“France is asking the United Nations and in particular the WFP to begin humanitarian air drops for all the areas in need, beginning with Daraya, Moadamiyeh and Madaya, where the civilian population including children risk dying of hunger,” Delattre told a press conference.

An aid convoy earlier Wednesday entered the town of Daraya for the first time since 2012 and a second delivery reached Moadamiyeh for the first time since March.

Both towns are besieged by Syrian forces.


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