DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:30 A.M.) – On Monday afternoon, ISIS militants intercepted a batch of UN-sponsored food and medicine airdropped by cargo planes over the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Subsequently, photos were posted online by Amaq Agency boasting the captured goods which included potatoes and other necessary valuables intended for besieged residents in the provincial capital.

Chris Tomson | AMN
Chris Tomson | AMN
Chris Tomson | AMN

Around 85,000 civilians in government-held neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor remain subject to a longstanding ISIS encirclement and are regularly supplied by airdrops.

Meanwhile, ISIS artillery and snipers killed and injured around 50 civilians today in attacks on the Al-Jourah and Al-Qusour districts around the time of Iftar, a traditional evening meal during Ramadan.

According to a military source close to Al-Masdar News, ISIS commanders are letting their frustrations take a deadly toll on the civilian population after they failed to advance during three consecutive offensives over the past week.

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Hi Chris,
this is not UN-Sponsored food, the only Humanitarian aircraft that is flying over Deir-Ezzer is a Il-76 contracted by WFP. Food delivered by them is divided in small wooden pallets attached to black parachutes.
As you can see from picture number 2 cargo is palletised in a big iron pallet, plus for hygiene requirements WFP will never be allowed to deliver fresh food, like potato, packed that way.