Geneva - According to the UN, around 250,000 people are threatened with famine in the besieged east of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The last available food rations have now been distributed there, said the UN emergency aid coordinator for Syria, Jan Egeland, in Geneva today. It is still not foreseeable that aid organizations will be able to gain access and supply people. “This is terrible situation,” said Egeland.
The insurgent-controlled east of Aleppo has been largely encircled by Syrian government troops since the beginning of July. The area is repeatedly bombed with the support of the Russian Air Force. Despite several appeals from the United Nations, aid workers were not guaranteed safe access to those in need.
Egeland said they had recently again unsuccessfully asked for security promises for the transport of food and medicines as well as for the possibility of being able to bring around 300 injured people out of east Aleppo.