UN completes first aid drop to Syrian city besieged by Islamic State

The UN completed its first humanitarian aid airdrop to Deir ez-Zor, a Syrian city besieged by Islamic State extremists, UN Humanitarian Affairs Chief Stephen O'Brien tells the UN Security Council.

"Earlier this morning, a [World Food Programme] plane dropped the first cargo of 21 tonnes of items into Deir ez-Zor," O'Brien says.

"We have received initial reports ... that the pallets have landed in the target area as planned."

Last update: Wed, 24/02/2016 - 20:17

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