2 June 2016
Yesterday the Red Cross undertook the first distribution of relief aid to the besieged Syrian town of Daraya since it was cut off by fighting in 2012.
The relief supplies included medicines, baby milk, vaccines and nutritional supplements.
A delivery of urgently needed food is planned for Friday 3 June.
The aid convoy was organised jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations.
Ted Tuthill from the British Red Cross said: “Some 4,000 people in Daraya have been without enough food, water and essential medicines for over three years.”
Reaching those most in need
Around 400,000 people live in besieged areas in Syria and a further three million are in hard-to-reach areas.
The scale of the needs in Syria is massive. On average, we provide 4.5 million people with essential humanitarian assistance every month.
Mr Tuthill added: “The situation is also serious in other areas under siege throughout Syria.
"It is vital that we can deliver more aid and we urge everyone involved to allow access to humanitarian workers and facilitate the flow of assistance.”