Nearly half of the civilians trapped in the besieged areas of Syria received food aid, but there is still much to be done to help the 13.5 million needy people in this war-torn country, according to a United Nations report released today. The monthly report of the Security Council noted that, despite the cessation of hostilities in April, there has been an overall increase of the number of fights and a significant rise of civilian casualties, but also of destructed hospitals, markets, and schools.
According to the report, aid reached over 200,000 people, that is, 41.9% of the population living in the besieged areas, almost twice as much as in March (21%). However, the report points out, “we are still far short of what is needed to consistently meet the needs of 13.5 million poverty-stricken civilians in the Syrian Arab Republic.” Still in April, the report continues, the number of killed civilians and cases of violations of human rights grew sharply.
In the meantime, several aircraft of the International anti-Isis Coalition led by U.S., which had left from the Incirlik base in southern Turkey, raided Caliphate targets north of Raqqa. The bombings were carried out by jets and drones with laser-guided bombs. The goal of these raids was to pave the way for a future ground offensive on the capital of the Islamic state in Syria at the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurds from the PYD and some Arab components.