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Save the Children’s response to Darayaa bombing hours after aid delivery

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Misty Buswell, Save the Children’s Middle East Advocacy Director, says: “The cruelty of the war in Syria was laid bare yet again yesterday (Friday), when the besieged town of Darayya was heavily bombed just hours after it had received food aid for the first time in more than three years.”

“A teacher we spoke to in Darayya said that the morning after the aid delivery, an estimated 30 deadly barrel bombs were dropped in the space of four hours. She reported that the bombs fell mostly on residential areas, saying: “They bring aid in from one direction and we get bombed from the other – it’s like we are sitting between two jaws.”

“It is outrageous that people are being bombed as they try and collect life-saving aid that has been denied to them for years.”

“When we interviewed children in besieged areas in Syria earlier this year, they told us that even more than the hunger and the deprivation, air strikes and shelling are their biggest source of suffering.”

“Any aid delivery is welcome, but these occasional convoys cannot gloss over the fact that civilians continue to be besieged and bombed on a daily basis in Syria. Innocent children are paying the heaviest price for a war that isn’t their fault – the world can and must do more to protect them.”