UN says aid ready to go to 10 areas, but no Syria cease-fire

The U.N. humanitarian chief says convoys with food and other aid are ready to go to 10 besieged and hard-to-reach locations in Syria, including the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta — but there is no cease-fire as demanded by the Security Council.

Mark Lowcock said Wednesday that five-hour daily pauses called for by Syrian ally Russia aren’t sufficient to deliver aid.

He asked the council when its resolution adopted Saturday demanding a cease-fire throughout Syria for at least 30 days will be implemented.

Lowcock also warned that delivery of aid across conflict lines to millions of people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas “has totally collapsed.”

He said that unless this changes, “We will soon see even more people dying from starvation and disease than from the bombing and the shelling.”

James Bark