"Regarding the air drops and any other air operations, let’s comment on it once WFP [World Food Programme] makes its assessment and once we see whether… air-dropping is a clear option. We’ll instead, as we hope, produce an increased humanitarian aid by road," de Mistura said.
On Tuesday, the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) issued a joint communique summarizing the decisions taken at the ministerial meeting, insisting on concrete steps to ensure urgent humanitarian aid to the following besieged and hard-to-reach areas: Douma, Arbeen, Darraya, East Harasta, Mouadhimiyeh, Zabadin and Zamalka.
In case humanitarian convoys are denied access to any of the designated besieged areas by June 1, the World Food Programme will start air drops with aid, the ISSG said.
The ISSG also decided that in cases where humanitarian access is systematically denied, it can inform the UN Security Council about it through de Mistura.