Syria has not granted ‘a single permit’ to aid besieged Aleppo, says U.N. official

September 15, 2016 11:35 AM

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Syria has not granted ‘a single permit’ to aid besieged Aleppo, says U.N. official

ISTANBUL — The Syrian government has not granted the United Nations "a single permit" to bring aid to the besieged city of Aleppo as part of a cease-fire that took effect this week, a senior U.N. official said Thursday.

The U.N. has prepared a convoy with food rations for tens of thousands of people, but the trucks remain stuck on the Turkish-Syrian border. Opening channels for humanitarian access across Syria was a key provision of the cease-fire plan brokered by the United States and Russia.

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