FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

U.N. delivers aid to displaced Syrians

The U.N. Refugee Agency said on Friday it delivered vital aid to 5,000 displaced Syrians after the area was inaccessible for three months.

The agency delivered seven trucks filled with hygiene kits, kitchen sets, blankets and mattresses to Al Raqqa in northern Syria between June 9 and June 12. UNHCR said the situation was extremely dire.

Syrians are also fleeing their country in a conflict that left at least 93,000 people dead since March 2011. The U.N. estimates that approximately 1.5 million Syrians fled their country to escape the conflict.

"Many arrivals described a city reduced to rubble, devoid of any civilians and combatants," Melissa Fleming, a UNHCR spokesperson, said. "One man UNHCR spoke to said there was no food left in the town and no water. He said people were resorting to squeezing water from the leaves of trees for nourishment."

In Aleppo, the Syrian Ministry of Health and UNICEF helped to vaccinate more than a million Syrian children against measles, mumps and rubella and approximately 700,000 people against polio.

The U.N. estimates 1.2 million Syrians are in areas that are difficult to reach with necessary because of the conflict.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community on Friday to respond to the U.N.'s $4.4 billion humanitarian request for aid in Syria. The aid request is the largest in the organization's history.