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aleppo„The UN has urged the Syrian government, Russia and rebel groups to immediately allow food deliveries to besieged areas of eastern Aleppo, issuing a bleak warning that the 250,000 civilians still trapped in the divided city are at risk of mass starvation as the winter sets in. Jan Egeland, the head of a UN-backed humanitarian task force for Syria, said on Thursday that the last remaining food rations were currently being handed out in rebel-held eastern Aleppo and there would be nothing left to distribute next week without a resupply. ‚I don’t think anybody wants a quarter of a million people to be starving in east Aleppo,‘ Egeland said, referring to the number of civilians the UN says are living under siege. He urged all sides – the regime, its key ally Russia and the opposition fighters – to grant humanitarian access, adding that with winter approaching it was the only way to avoid mass starvation. (…)

Al Jazeera’s Osama bin Javaid, reporting from Gaziantep on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey border, said that Egeland’s comments came as activists in eastern Aleppo said that they were fast running out of not just food but also medicines. ‚Up until about last week, they had three to four weeks of supplies left, and the last time actually supplies went in was in August when rebels broke the siege and entered the besieged city of Aleppo,‘ he said. ‚Since then, the government has taken back control … No aid has been allowed in, the Syrian government says that it … has offered truces, various offers, but that had been set back by rebel groups on the ground.‘“ (Bericht auf Al Jazeera: „UN: Eastern Aleppo residents at risk of mass starvation“)

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