>> The first aid convoy since June arriving in homes on Saturday. Red Crescent and Wild Food Program lorries arrived in the besieged Tula suburb of the Syrian city. Video posted on social media website show relief items including wheat, flour, medical supplies, and water being delivered. Aid agencies in Syria have repeatedly called for regular access to areas under siege, saying that one-off deliveries quickly run out.
The UN are concerned too. They say there are more than 500,000 people living in 18 areas across Syria that are besieged by warring sides in the five year conflict. Aid agencies reported deaths from starvation in government besieged Madaya earlier this year. The Syrian government has given intermittent and often conditional approval to aid convoys.
The opposition says this is a ploy by Damascus designed to defuse international pressure for full humanitarian access, which Syria is obliged to grant under international law.