- Title: Russia says most U.N. aid in Syria going to rebel-held areas
- Date: 30th November 2016
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (NOVEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, WALKING TO PODIUM MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, SAYING: "Recently there is an increasing tendency to politicise the issues of humanitarian aid. This appears in the forming of the lists of places where it is being sent. Thus Deir al-Zor besieged by Islamic State where at least 200,000 people are trapped gets only one percent of total supply provided by the U.N." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, SAYING: "The majority of U.N. humanitarian aid is being sent to areas controlled by militants, including terrorists, from Nusra who use it for their own interests." MEDIA VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING
- Embargoed: 15th December 2016 11:43
- Keywords: Russia Syria aid U.N. Mideast crisis Zakharova
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA0015AMZ70N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Russian Foreign Ministry complained on Wednesday (November 30) that the issue of humanitarian aid in Syria was becoming increasingly politicised and said most U.N. help was going to areas controlled by anti-government rebels.
Maria Zakharova, the ministry's spokesperson, said only 1 percent of U.N. aid was being directed to Deir al-Zor, where she said at least 200,000 people were trapped by Islamic State militants and in need of supplies.
By contrast, she said most U.N. aid was being sent to rebel-held areas, including areas controlled by the group previously known as Nusra Front.
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