Sunday 26 January 2020

Cranes deliver aid to 75,000 Syrians on Jordan border

Cranes drop food across the Jordan-Syria border (AP)
Cranes drop food across the Jordan-Syria border (AP)

Cranes have been used to deliver a month's worth of food and supplies to more than 75,000 Syrians stuck on Jordan's sealed border, aid agencies said.

The World Food Programme said 650 metric tons of goods were sent to two desert camps this week, with cranes used to lift bags from the Jordanian side over an earthen barrier along the frontier.

The operation was unprecedented because of the use of cranes and Jordanian army drones monitoring the distribution, it said.

The one-off shipment is meant to ease harsh conditions in the camps, housing mostly women and children.

Jordan said it will not reopen the border, which it closed after a June 21 attack by Islamic State extremists.

The international community has not found an alternative to what were once regular aid deliveries from Jordan.


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