UN says Aleppo siege could cut off food supplies to 300,000 people



    UN says Aleppo siege could cut off food supplies to 300,000 people

    Feb 10, Damascus: The United Nations has warned that hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians in opposition-held areas in Aleppo city are under threat of being cut off from basic food supplies amid expectations of a looming siege by government forces.

    The UN said on Tuesday that it is worried government advances could block the last link for civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo with the main

    Turkish border crossing, which has long served as the lifeline for those areas in Syria, Al Jazeera reported.

    The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that it would leave up to 300,000 people, still residing in the city, cut off from humanitarian aid unless...access could be negotiated. Some 100,000 to 150,000 civilians may flee from the city.

    Aleppo was once Syria's biggest city and home to two million people.

    Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, have launched a major offensive over the past week in the countryside around Aleppo, which has been divided between government and rebel control for years, media reports said.

    The Oslo Times
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