SYRIAN GOVERNMENT STILL HOLDING UP FOOD AID FOR BESIEGED DARAYA – U.N

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According to Reuters media agency , The United Nations is still waiting for Syrian government agreement for an aid convoy to enter the besieged town of Daraya, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

“The blockage of aid is a political issue,” U.N. spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva. “Daraya is 12 km (7.5 miles) from Damascus, so it can be done but we need the political go-ahead from the government.”

The media agency added that Last week Syria’s government, under pressure from its ally Russia and other countries belonging to the International Syria Support Group overseeing the peace process, allowed the first U.N. aid convoy into Daraya since late 2012.

It brought baby milk and medical supplies to support an estimated 4,000 civilians, just in time for Syria to meet a Thursday deadline to improve aid access or face having aid deliveries imposed by air drops.

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