Airstrikes cut off humanitarian access to Aleppo City, Syria

Syria, February 4, 2016

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  • Mercy Corps team members quality check food supplies stored in a warehouse in Turkey before loading them into trucks to be delivered to civilians in northern Syria. Mercy Corps is one of the largest providers of food aid in northeast Syria, including Aleppo City, the largest city in the country.

Intensified fighting and air strikes in and around Aleppo City in Syria have cut off the main – and most direct – humanitarian route into that city. Since yesterday (Wednesday), Mercy Corps' operations in northern Syria have effectively been sliced in half.

“We are cut off from Aleppo City,” says David Evans, Mercy Corps’ regional programme director for the Middle East. “It feels like a siege of Aleppo is about to begin.”

Syria’s civil war has left many civilians inside the country completely reliant on humanitarian assistance. With one of the largest food delivery operations in north Syria, Mercy Corps has been reaching up to 500,000 people per month.

“Innocent civilians are running for their lives,” Evans says. “Right now, we are seeing tens of thousands of people make their way to the border with Turkey.” Mercy Corps’ partners in Syria are positioned along the border and meeting refugees with food baskets and other supplies as they arrive.

Mercy Corps and its partner aid organisations continue their strong appeal for a productive peace process and the cessation of bombing of civilian targets. Most important, Mercy Corps is calling for continued and sustained humanitarian access to innocent civilians in all parts of the country.

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