UN awaits Assad regime permission to deliver aid - De Mistura

Orient Net 2016-09-13 18:29:00

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UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said Tuesday evening that the UN is waiting for the permission of Assad regime to allow in humanitarian aid to the besieged neighborhoods in Aleppo and to other areas.

Speaking to the journalists in Geneva, De Mistura said, “We have not yet received a permission from the regime to allow aid in, and we have not received any assurances about the security and safety of the trucks’ drivers and the relief workers.”

De Mistura also said that no UN envoys have headed to Aleppo, highlighting that neither sides should put any pre-conditions regarding the access of aid to the Syrian cities.

The UN envoy pointed out that the UN noted a level of violence that took place in some Syrian cities after the sunset yesterday on Monday, announcing that the US and Russia are going to assess the ceasefire.

Meanwhile, Assad regime’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that it rejects allowing humanitarian aid into Aleppo without coordination with the "Syrian government" and the UN, especially if the aid is coming from Turkey, SANA, Assad regime’s media outlet reported.

In a similar context, Russian soldiers erected monitoring points on Castello road to the north of Aleppo, which is the main road to be used for aid delivery to opposition-held neighborhoods, according to AFP.

Earlier on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported that 20 humanitarian aid trucks crossed into Aleppo from the Turkish Cilvegozu border town in the southern province of Hatay, as the ceasefire in came into effect in Syria.