Beirut / AFP
Aid groups were unable to deliver much-needed food packages to four besieged towns in war-torn Syria on Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross told AFP, citing security problems.
Since an unprecedented ceasefire came into force on February 27, aid deliveries have reached thousands of people in areas blockaded by regime and opposition forces. Under an agreement negotiated with the two warring sides in the five-year war, aid groups were set to deliver aid to Madaya and Zabadani, two towns near Damascus blockaded by the regime, and Fuaa and Kafraya, which are besieged by rebels in Syriaâ€™s northwest.
Distribution to those areas has always been â€œsynchronised,â€ ICRC spokesman Pawel Krzysiek said by phone from Damascus, meaning that aid could only be delivered to all four towns at once.
Citing â€œthe situation around Qalaat Al Madiqâ€ in central Hama province, Krzysiek said that â€œfor security reasons we canâ€™t really send our trucks in this directionâ€. Rebel-held Qalaat al-Madiq is located on the road to Kafraya in northern Syria, he said.