Thursday, 03 March 2016 15:36

UN Official: Assad Regime Still Blocking Entry of Medical Supplies to Moadamiyah

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on Wednesday said that the Assad regime still blocks the delivery of some surgical items to the district of Moadamiyah west of Damascus.

In the daily press briefing by the office, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has so far this year submitted 15 requests to the Assad government to send medicines and medical supplies to enable the treatment of 2.5 million people in 53 hard-to-reach and besieged locations.

Haq added that the Assad regime has recently approved some requests to send medicines and medical supplies to Douma, Madaya and Moadamiyah in Rural Damascus while the other requests remain pending.

Interagency humanitarian convoys to the district of Kafr Batna in East Ghouta are planned for today, Thursday. The convoys are expected to be carrying food, nutrition and health supplies for an estimated 20,000 beneficiaries. Further convoys to reach additional areas in East Ghouta are planned for the coming days.

Haq went on to say that the second round of inter-agency humanitarian convoys to the Four Towns — Madaya, Zabadani, Foah and Kafraya — is tentatively scheduled for Saturday. He called on all parties to ensure rapid, unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access of humanitarian aid to all people in need across Syria. (Source: Agencies)

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