Food aid reaches almost half of besieged Syrian civilians: UN

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– Food aid has reached nearly half the civilians trapped in besieged areas of Syria, but much more remains to be done to help the 13.5 million in need across the war-torn nation, the Associated Press said citing a United Nations report issued Wednesday, May 25.

According to the report, food assistance has reached over 200,000 people or 41.9 percent of those living in besieged areas, nearly double the 21 percent reached in March.

“While that is positive, overall progress is small and fragile. We remain far short of consistently meeting the needs of the 13.5 million civilians in need in the Syrian Arab Republic,” the report said.

Meanwhile, the killing of civilians and violations of human rights rose sharply in April after a period of relative calm, the report said, according to AP.

“The resumption of active conflict in several governorates hindered the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance, as well as people’s access to essential services,” the report added.