World Food Program stops airlifting aid to Rojava, delivers by road

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Syrian Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ in Rojava. File photo

ARA News

The World Food Program (WFP) stopped airlifting food to Qamishli Airport in Syria’s northeastern Kurdish city of Qamishli, after the organization was able to deliver food aid for 110,000 people through the Aleppo-Manbij road.

The Syrian government has approved aid deliveries from Damascus to Qamishli (Qamishlo).

“In early June, the Government of Syria granted approval to WFP to conduct deliveries from Damascus to Qamishly using the Aleppo-Menbij route, enabling WFP to resume land deliveries to Al-Hasakeh governorate for the first time since December 2015,” WFP country brief said.

“Following a trial delivery in mid-June, additional trucks were dispatched. A total of 19 trucks arrived between 16 and 30 June carrying food sufficient for 110,000 people for one month with more trucks on the way. This has made it possible to discontinue the airlift operation, as the road access will enable WFP to scale up its response,” the WFP said.

Furthermore, the WFP’s air operations helped besieged parts of Deir Ezzor province, in eastern Syria.

Meanwhile, as fighting in Raqqa governorate escalated, WFP continued to respond to population displacements. Since April, almost 185,000 civilians have been displaced, and WFP provided assistance for almost 183,000 people during June.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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