UN Finds Little Success In First Syria Airdrop

Photo: Anadolu Agency
Photo: Anadolu Agency

New York, 18 Jumadal Awwal 1437/26 February 2016 (MINA) – The UN’s first attempt to airdrop much needed food aid into the besieged Syrian city of Deir al-Zor was mostly a failure, the organization said Thursday.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the attempt on Wednesday’s faced technical difficulties because of high altitude and strong winds, Anadolu Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

Of the 21 pallets dropped by the UN’s World Food Program, Dujarric said 10 were unaccounted for and four were damaged as parachutes did not open on time.

It was unknown whether the remaining seven pallets reached their intended recipients.

He said one plane-load of aid was enough to feed 2,500 people for one month, and the pallets contained vegetable oil, lentils, rice and salt.

“Obviously the aim is to provide aid for about 200,000 people that are trapped in the city,” Dujarric said, adding that there would be other airdrops in the coming days.

The UN says more than 400,000 Syrians live in besieged areas with little or no access to basic supplies amid a civil war that has claimed more than 250,000 lives. (T/P010/R03)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)