The Syrian Coalition criticized the United Nations’ continued failure to enforce its resolutions calling for the introduction of aid to the besieged areas without the consent of the Assad regime and for the protection of aid convoys heading to the besieged areas.
A UN aid convoy that heading to Alwaer on Monday was unable to enter the besieged neighborhood due to shelling by regime forces. While returning, the convoy was stopped by militants of the Rida Brigade, an Iranian-backed sectarian militia. The convoy was attacked by the militants who seized the aid load and kidnapped drivers of the aid trucks.
In a statement released following the incident, the Coalition said: “It is imperative; therefore, that concrete action is taken to ensure humanitarian aid to civilians trapped in the besieged areas is delivered and the regime’s blocking of aid convoys comes to an end.”
The Coalition called on the United Nations to immediately launch airdrops of humanitarian aid to all besieged areas across Syria without the consent of the Assad regime. This option must be seriously considered in light of the regime’s blocking of aid convoys and its continued violation of the ceasefire agreement and local truces, the Coalition said.
Regime forces, meanwhile, continue to pound the besieged district of Alwaer with heavy artillery and explosive cylinders. Dozens of tank and mortar shells as well as heavy machine guns hit the district in the early morning hours of Wednesday, local activists said. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)