After three year siege, UNHCR aid convoy reaches Deir Ez-Zor in eastern Syria
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR’s first aid convoy in three years to Deir Ez-Zor in eastern Syria reached the city this week.
The five trucks of aid arrived in Deir Ez-Zor yesterday (Thursday 14 September) after a 22 hour journey from a UNHCR warehouse in Homs. The convoy brought much needed shelter materials, plastic sheeting, solar lamps, kitchen and hygiene sets for 30,000 people.
An estimated 93,000 people in Deir Ez-Zor – the largest city in eastern Syria - had been besieged since 2014. Previous assistance to them was only possible through WFP airdrops until last week when the siege was broken and access to Deir Ez-Zor became possible.
UNHCR partners estimate that at least 75,000 people in Deir Ez-Zor are in need of humanitarian assistance. Yesterday’s convoy was the first batch of UNHCR assistance to the people in this part of Syria. More aid is in the pipeline.
As intense fighting around Deir Ez-Zor and in Ar-Raqqa continues, UNHCR reiterates its calls for protection of civilian population, their safe passage out of areas of conflict and respect for the principles of international humanitarian law.
Together with other UN agencies in Syria, UNHCR advocates for safe, unimpeded and sustained access to all people in need across the country, in particular to more than 4.5 million Syrians trapped in hard-to-reach and besieged areas.
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