UN agencies send more humanitarian aid to Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- UN relief agencies have sent nearly 50 truckloads of food, sanitation and medical supplies across borders into conflict-torn areas of Syria, a UN spokesman said on Thursday.

"The United Nations has sent four shipments of humanitarian aid to Syria from neighboring countries under the terms of Security Council Resolution 2165," UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters here at a daily briefing.

"This amounted to almost 50 truckloads, including food for almost 5,000 households; household items for more than 14,000 displaced families, hygiene and sanitation supplies for more than 15,000 households and medical supplies for more than 22,000 households, as well as various other items," said Dujarric.

The aid was delivered to several locations in the governorates of Aleppo, Idleb, Lattakia and Dar'a, he added.

According to the spokesman, all the shipments arrived safely at their destinations without major impediments and the distribution of relief supplies by international and local implementation partners began immediately.

"The distribution of supplies from the first shipment from Turkey began after Eid on July 28 and is almost completed in one location, while distribution in a second location should be completed towards the end of the month or the beginning of September," Dujarric said.

"The distribution of supplies from the first shipment from Jordan began on August 7 and has been completed in two out of four locations," he said.

On July 14, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2165 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.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 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.