The UN is using parachutes to deliver food aid to besieged cities in Syria. The high-altitude drops are difficult operations.
Aid trucks with food for 40,000 Syrians have reached eastern Ghouta, a rebel area besieged by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for four years. But activists say its hardly enough for 350,000 inhabitants.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described the humanitarian situation in Somalia as 'a nightmare.' Half the country's population needs aid according to Guterres who was making his first trip to the region.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and UN have delivered food aid to the Damascus suburb of Daraya for the first time since the area came under siege in 2012. The aid convoy included medical equipment as well as food.
A US-backed Syrian alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias has taken a military airport in northern Syria held by the self-styled 'Islamic State' (IS). The move opens the path for an assault on the IS stronghold of Raqqa.
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