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.”