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UK calls for air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged towns in Syria

"While air drops are complex, costly and risky, they are now the last resort to relieve human suffering across many besieged areas"

BBC News reporting: Despite the International Syria Support Group setting the deadline for urgent supplies delivery to 1 June, only a small amount of aid was delivered on Wednesday and a convoy to the town of Darayya near Damascus did not carry food.

In light of such problems the UN Security Council will meet on Friday to discuss the air drops.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond blamed the Syrian government for failing to deliver the widespread humanitarian access called for by the international community.

"While air drops are complex, costly and risky, they are now the last resort to relieve human suffering across many besieged areas," he said.

He also called on Russia and Iran to use their influence in the region and insure the safety of the air drops.

Russia said the arrival of Wednesday's aid convoys was a positive step. The Darayya convoy - the first since November 2012 - contained vaccines, baby milk, medicine and nutritional goods. But Mr. Hammond described the limited access allowed on the day of the ISSG deadline as "cynical".

Russia's defense ministry agreed a pause on Wednesday with the Syrian authorities for 48 hours to allow for the distribution of humanitarian aid in Darayya.

The UN believes there are more than 4.6m people living in hard-to-reach areas in Syria, including nearly 600,000 in besieged areas.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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