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    UN Delivers Aid to Almost 110,000 Syrians in Besieged Areas in 1 Week

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    The United Nations and partners delivered humanitarian aid to almost 110,000 civilians in besieged and hard-to-reach areas in Syria in just one week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Thursday.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — In April, the number if the civilians to whom the humanitarian aid was delivered stood at 450,725.

    "Since the beginning of 2016, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching nearly 561,000 civilians in beseiged, hard-to-reach and other priority cross-line locations with dire humanitarian needs," UNOCHA said in a statement.

    There have been 54 convoys and eight World Food Program (WFP)-led air drops since the beginning of the year. The aid is mainly delivered to Idleb, Damascus, Homs, Aleppo and Deir-ez Zor provinces.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the government forces fighting several opposition factions and militant groups. The conflict has significantly damaged the country's economy and caused a humanitarian disaster

    According to the United Nations, about 4.6 million of people are in need of unconditional, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access in the crisis-torn country.

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