U.N. To Ask Syrian Government To Approve Aid Airdrops

Financial Times: U.N. faces mounting pressure to start Syria aid airdrops
“The UN has faced mounting pressure this week to use aid airdrops to reach the hundreds of thousands of Syrians living in besieged parts of the war-torn country, but the agency’s officials have countered that the method could be dangerous, expensive and inefficient…” (Collard, 6/3).

The Guardian: U.N. to ask Syria to approve airdrops of humanitarian aid
“The United Nations is to formally ask the Syrian government to approve airdrops of humanitarian aid to areas besieged by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad, U.N. aid chief Stephen O’Brien has told the security council. The request, which is likely to be relayed to the Syrian government this weekend, followed a closed-door meeting of the security council in New York…” (Wintour, 6/3).

Wall Street Journal: U.N. Will Request Syrian Permission for Aid Airdrops
“…The announcement Friday at an emergency meeting of the Security Council came after a June 1 deadline set by a group of countries that support the Syrian peace process passed without notable improvement in aid deliveries…” (Fassihi, 6/3).

Wall Street Journal: A Besieged Syrian Town Goes Wanting Another Day
“A delivery of emergency food aid to a rebel-held Syrian town besieged for more than three years by the Assad regime didn’t arrive Friday, dashing the hopes of thousands of hungry and malnourished civilians…” (Abdulrahim, 6/3).

U.N. News Centre: ‘Operating space for humanitarian actors is shrinking’ in Syria, U.N. relief chief warns Security Council
“The top United Nations relief official said [Friday] he remains extremely concerned about the welfare of civilians across Syria, who he said continue to face ‘horrific deprivation and violence,’ particularly those trapped in besieged areas…” (6/3).

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