Aid Delivery To Syria Remains Highly Challenging; WFP Defends Neutrality Of Deliveries

IRIN: U.N. defends impartiality of Syria aid
“The World Food Programme has hit back strongly at allegations that the U.N. has allowed its aid operations in Syria to be controlled by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, emboldening the siege warfare tactics that have become characteristic of the five-year war. ‘We act impartially, neutrally, and independently, and have contact with all parties to negotiate unimpeded and safe access to all vulnerable people who are in need,’ a WFP spokesperson told IRIN by email…” (Slemrod, 6/15).

Reuters: Escalation in violence locks out aid, food for rebel-held parts of Aleppo — NGOs
“Aid has been cut from rebel-held areas of Aleppo for the longest period since the Syrian civil war began due to an escalation in air strikes and bombardments, driving up food prices and choking efforts to ease the plight of residents…” (Barrington, 6/15).