The first food aid delivery to the Syrian town of Daraya has been completed successfully, the UN said Friday.
Enough food for more than 2,000 people for a month was driven in on trucks in the overnight operation, according to OCHA, the UN humanitarian coordinating agency.
An earlier aid convoy went in at the start of the month containing mainly non-food items such as vaccines, after getting authorisation from the government.
Here's OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke:
"We're very happy that we have finally been able to get a joint convoy – UN, Syria Arab Red Crescent into Daraya which hasn't seen food since 2012. This is a success, and the messages that I do get from our field and operational colleagues is that they are quite proud of our colleagues who went in, and they consider this is a big success, of course because the people have been suffering for so long."
OCHA said that it's vital to get sustained access not only to Daraya but to all besieged and hard to reach locations in Syria, where 4.6 million people are in desperate need of help after more than five years of war.
Report from UN News Centre