UN aid convoy enters Syria's Daraa
DAMASCUS, July 27 (Xinhua) -- A UN aid convoy made up of 15 trucks entered Syria's southern province of Daraa on Sunday with the protection and support of the Syrian government, the state- news agency SANA reported.
The team of trucks are loaded with 4,000 food parcels and health kits which will be distributed later to the afflicted populations in the western countryside of Daraa, the report said.
It added that the process was made in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the Syrian government.
The arrival of humanitarian assistance to Daraa came just a couple of days after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the UN Security Council that the warring parties in Syria were "arbitrarily denying" the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of people in need.
According to Ban, the denial of humanitarian access has become a tactic of war in Syria.
On July 14, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution aiming at increasing access to the civilians in difficult-to-reach areas in the country by authorizing the delivery of assistance across borders and conflict lines in Syria.
Ten days later, the UN said the first aid convoy had entered Syria through Turkey without the approval of the Syrian government but in accordance to the latest Security Council resolution.
The UN chief said recently that some 11 million people in Syria are in need of help, of whom 4.7 million are in difficult-to-reach areas. The figure also includes at least 241,000 people trapped in areas under siege of either the opposition forces or the government troops.