News brief: Aid reached in the eastern Ghouta

by Yuri Furuuchi
edited by Stephanie LeClair 

Aid has reached 40,000 civilians who have been trapped and starved in eastern Ghouta because of the civil war in Syria on Monday, October 30th, according to the BBC.

Supplies were allowed into the towns of Kaft Batna and Saqba which was the first time in more than a year since they got aid. Although a convoy carrying aid have reached parts of eastern Ghouta on September 23rd, aid had not been gone through to Kafr Batna and Saqba since June 2016.

There are many malnourished children in eastern Ghouta who are now facing a humanitarian emergency. According to Unicef, 232 children are suffering from severe malnutrition and two infants have died in the past month. Also, 882 children are suffering from moderate malnutrition and more than 1,500 are at risk.

(Photo: BBC)

Mona Kurdi, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) spokeswoman, said 49 convoy trucks were carrying “8,000 food parcels and a similar number of bags of flour, medicine, medical supplies, and other nutritional materials.”

Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said, “More aid to complement today’s delivery is planned in the coming days.”

The government in Eastern Ghouta has recently increased their control of the region, seizing passageways that had been used by the rebellion to smuggle in food. Human rights groups have constantly blamed the Syrian government of using starvation as a war tactic, which the Syrian government heavily denies. 

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