UN commence second week of humanitarian operations in Syria’s Damascus


Syrian boy carries a bag while walking across a destroyed street in Aleppo. File photo: Noor

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GENEVA – The United Nations’ Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has reportedly commenced its second consecutive week of humanitarian aid to people stranded in the Syrian capital Damascus, the agency said on Sunday.

The UNRWA has continued delivering aid to the districts of Yarmouk, Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham in Damascus, distributing thermal blankets. 

“UNRWA commenced its second consecutive week of humanitarian operations in the Damascus district of Yalda today, Sunday, 21 February,” UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said in a statement.

“We distributed thermal blankets to Palestinian refugees and other civilians from Yarmouk, Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham, who had previously reported that blankets were a critical need due to low winter temperatures,” he said. 

This comes just one week after major powers of the International Syria Support Group agreed to speed up humanitarian access to besieged areas across Syria.

Last week, the Syrian government has approved humanitarian aid deliveries to seven besieged areas after a visit by the U.S. special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to Damascus on Tuesday. 

More than half a million civilians live in the besieged areas, according to the UN.

By: Lorin Silo 

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