World Food Program should aim to start Syria aid air drops -State Dept

by Reuters
Wednesday, 1 June 2016 19:27 GMT

People walk towards the last checkpoint, which is controlled by Syrian government forces, while waiting for permission to leave the besieged area of Moudamiya Al Sham, in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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U.S. State Department says ground delivery of aid has been insufficient to help those caught in the civil war

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department called on Wednesday for the World Food Program to move ahead with planning to deliver humanitarian aid to besieged Syrian communities by air, saying ground delivery of aid has been insufficient to help those caught in the civil war.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said some aid had been delivered by ground to two Syrian communities on Wednesday, but the frequency "is far from sufficient" to provide the kind of relief needed by hundreds of thousands of Syrian people.

"The United States supports the World Food Program moving forward on their planning to carry out air operations to provide additional aid," Kirby said.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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