Aleppo, Syria – A media aid convoy sent by the World Health Organization (WHO) failed to reach thousands of stranded civilians in the war torn city of Aleppo, in northern Syria.
Last month, the Syrian regime made promises to the organization which included facilitating access to Aleppo. However, the security conditions disappointed the efforts of WHO to access civilians in need in the city of Aleppo.
“Delays often occur due to operational and/or security reasons but details can not be shared,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jašarević said.
According to WHO, 240,000 medical supply kits from it and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were being held in a warehouse in the regime-held part of Aleppo city.
According to the non-governmental Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations, cholera, typhoid, scabies and tuberculosis are spreading among the 360,000 people in rebel-held Aleppo for lack of treatments or vaccines. The area is cut off on three sides by the Syrian army.
The WHO said in a statement that surgical supplies have previously been removed from convoys at checkpoints run by the pro-regime security forces.
Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah
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