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Russia airdrops 22 tonnes of aid around Syrian town of Deir al-Zor

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By Keith Walker
Russia airdrops 22 tonnes of aid around Syrian town of Deir al-Zor

<p>Russia has launched a humanitarian operation in Syria.</p> <p>The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said a Russian cargo plane accompanied by several war planes has already airdropped supplies to several government-held neighbourhoods in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor.</p> <p>It will be distributed by local authorities.</p> <p>“Currently the bulk of the aid is being delivered to the city of Deir ez-Zor which has long been under siege by <span class="caps">ISIL</span> terrorists,” Russian defence ministry spokesman Sergeu Rudskoy said in a televised briefing. “Today Syrian military cargo IL-76 jets equipped with Russian parachutable pallets delivered 22 tonnes of humanitarian cargo into Deir ez-Zor.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are concerned about the persistently difficult humanitarian situation in several Syrian towns <a href="https://t.co/VEK2KZChEN">https://t.co/VEK2KZChEN</a></p>— <span class="caps">MFA</span> Russia (@mfa_russia) <a href="https://twitter.com/mfa_russia/status/687945403392733184">January 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3><span class="caps">UNICEF</span> confirms severe malnutrition in children</h3> <p>Meanwhile the UN children’s fund <span class="caps">UNICEF</span> confirmed severe malnutrition among children in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. </p> <p>Local relief workers reported 32 deaths from starvation in the past month. </p> <p>UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the use of starvation as a weapon of war in the conflict.</p>