Syrian Gov’t Paves Way for Distribution of Humanitarian Aid among People in Aleppo

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The Syrian Army troops and popular forces laid the ground for a convoy of 40 trucks with food supplies to enter government-held districts of Aleppo city via the Castello highway North of the city.

The government adopted the new makeshift route to supply the 1.5 million civilians living in the large city following intensified battles in al-Ramousiyeh district in Southern part of Aleppo city.

The United Nations special envoy for Syria said on Thursday the organization and Russia were trying to arrange a “workable humanitarian pause” in fighting in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said “time was running out for up to two million civilians across the city”, The Daily Star reported.

The remarks by the US envoy came as Russia said on Wednesday there would be daily three-hour ceasefires in Aleppo starting Thursday to allow humanitarian convoys to enter the city safely, a proposal which the United Nations mediator said was “not enough”.

De Mistura said that reports of a gas, believed to be chlorine, being dropped on Aleppo were being investigated

“There is a lot of evidence that it actually did take place”, he told reporters, adding that if confirmed the attack would amount to a war crime.

UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said that a 48-hour pause was required to ensure safe deliveries, adding: “What is the new and positive thing today is that the Russian Federation said they would like to sit down with us and the other co-chair, the United States, to discuss how the UN proposal could be implemented. We are hopeful that will lead to something.”

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