Syrian truce may be fragile, but it's allowing flow of crucial aid

Syrian truce may be fragile, but it's allowing flow of crucial aid
By Seamus Kearney
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The UN estimates almost half a million people are stuck in besieged areas of Syria and a further 4.6 million are in hard-to-reach areas

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The truce in Syria may be fragile, but the lower levels of violence is allowing humanitarian aid to reach people in need.

Experts say it is a big turn around and they hope it will continue as peace efforts increase.

Jan Egeland, the UN Senior Advisor for the UN Special Envoy for Syria, said: “In the first three months of last year, zero trucks reached any of the besieged areas in Syria.

“In the last three weeks 236 trucks have served 115,000 people. Many of these have received several convoys.”

The UN estimates almost half a million people are stuck in besieged areas of Syria and a further 4.6 million are in hard-to-reach areas.

Starvation and severe malnutrition have been reported in some areas.

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