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EU calls for emergency humanitarian initiative for Aleppo

The EU called to cease hostilities in Aleppo, announcing mobilisation of a €25 million emergency aid package for first line response to the humanitarian tragedy in Aleppo.

The package will be used to facilitate urgent delivery of basic life-saving assistance to affected civilians in East Aleppo via an inter-aid agency convoy, providing aid to “a maximum of 130,000 people”. A section of funds will also be used to ensure emergency medical evacuations of the wounded and sick in all besieged areas, especially Eastern Aleppo, with special attention to women, children and the elderly.

The EU statement by Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, called on all members to immediately provide all necessary authorisation for swift aid delivery, “for the sake of humanity and the political future of Syria.”

The programme, launched in associated with the UN, will be strictly managed by humanitarian organisations to ensure impartiality and neutrality of aid operations.

 

Report by Manisha Ganguly

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