WFP Airdrops to Besieged City of Deir Ezzor, Syria (For the Media)
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme delivered food by air today for hungry people trapped in the besieged eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor. Out of 26 pallets loaded with food contained in platforms attached to high altitude parachutes – 22 pallets were collected by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), WFP’s partner in the city. WFP is working to find out what happened to the four other pallets. The aircraft flew from Amman, Jordan airport in Jordan. Airdrops are always a last resort, as land access is easier and the most cost-effective way of delivering food. Across Syria, WFP provides food to more than 4 million people every month and remains very concerned about the suffering of all Syrians living in hard-to-reach and besieged areas.