WFP preparing Syria air drops, but UN lacks regime approval

The World Food Programme is preparing humanitarian air drops in Syria, but the operation is not imminent as the Syrian regime has not yet given its approval, senior UN envoys say.

"I'm not aware" that there has been a go-ahead from the government, UN deputy Syria envoy Ramzy E Ramzy says, two days after a deadline set by global powers for UN air lifts, in the case that truck shipments remained blocked.

Ramzy also highlights that a truck convoy with medical aid and food for children finally reached the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya for the first time since 2012, and that a second convoy is expected in the next few days.

Air delivery "remains an option if land deliveries don't go through," Ramzy says, adding that air drops were far more expensive and far less efficient than trucks.

Last update: Thu, 02/06/2016 - 14:10

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