Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Why Major Powers Can't Manage to Air Drop Supplies to Syria

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Why Major Powers Can't Manage to Air Drop Supplies to Syria

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The inability of major powers to implement a modest aid airdrop to more than 500,000 Syrians, set to begin June 1, suggests their unwillingness to intervene forcefully in the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

The US, Russia, and other outside forces involved in Syria had agreed last month to begin airdrops of food and other emergency supplies if overland aid convoys continued to be stopped.

But hopes dimmed this week that the conditions to begin airdrops would be met. Among other things, the countries sending aircraft to make the aid drops need assurances their forces won't be shot down.

On one level, the inability of the international community to impose the delivery of food, medicines, and other supplies to encircled and trapped civilian populations spotlights the near- collapse of international efforts to end Syria's civil war, now into its sixth year. …

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