Fighting forced postponement of UN relief convoy to Douma

NEW YORK, 9th March, 2018 (WAM) -- Continuing fighting has forced the postponement on Thursday of a United Nations inter-agency relief convoy to Douma, a neighborhood in Syria’s war-ravaged Eastern Ghouta, a UN spokesman reported.

"The United Nations continues to receive reports of escalating fighting in East Ghouta and shelling on Damascus," UN Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said. The ongoing hostilities, he said, are endangering civilians and preventing humanitarian assistance from reaching hundreds of thousands of people in need, including thousands of vulnerable children.

"The complete assistance to reach a total of 70,000 people in Douma, including medical and health supplies, still needs to be delivered," he explained.