The UN’s Word Food Program (WFP) freighted yesterday an IL-76 cargo plane carrying tons of basic humanitarian aid to more than 200,000 civilians besieged by ISIS in the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor.
The cargo plane was escorted by Russian Su-30 fighter jets to provide protection from potential attacks.
The pallets dropped contained food stuff, medicine and other essential goods.
Some 200,000 Syrians have been besieged in government-held districts of Deir ez-Zor by ISIS for nearly a year when the terror group seized the ancient city of Palmyra in May 2015, cutting off the only supply route with government-held areas in central Syria.
The crippling blockade has further exacerbated the humanitarian crisis there as prime necessity goods become scare. Numerous deaths have been reported due to lack of medical care.
The WFP airdrop is the second of its kind this year after the world organization made its first assistance in late February.
Russia, on the other hand, has been airdropping aid to the besieged population in Deir ez-Zor since January 15, 2016.