Jan Egeland, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, speaks during the Task Force on Humanitarian Access in Syria first meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 12, 2016. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy
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The United Nations plans to make its first air drops of food aid in Syria, to Deir al-Zor, an eastern town of 200,000 besieged by ISIS militants, the chair of a U.N. humanitarian task force said Thursday.Jan Egeland, speaking to reporters in Geneva a day after U.N. aid convoys reached five areas, some besieged by government forces and others by rebels, said the U.N.'s World Food Program (WFP) had a "concrete plan" for carrying out the Deir al-Zor drop in coming days.U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura suggested air drops could also relieve civilians in other besieged areas.The U.N. estimates there are 486,700 people in around 15 besieged areas of Syria, and 4.6 million in hard-to-reach areas.In the past 24 hours, 114 U.N. trucks delivered life-saving food and medical supplies to 80,000 people in five besieged areas, enough for one month, Egeland said.
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