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It's not even day-by-day, it's hour-by-hour.
That was my understanding, that it was supposed to be a beginning.
We need assurances from all parties to the conflict, not just a unilateral announcement that this will happen. We need everybody to give us those assurances before it is immediately useful for us to do anything meaningful.
We are sending today an inter-agency convoy that will cross conflict lines into a besieged area of rural Damascus.
The security situation in Syria is not one situation, it's a patchwork of different levels of security or insecurity. It's a patchwork of multiple actors, armed groups, and we need to take that into account when we evaluate on a case-by-case basis. So that is what we do, whether we send it to rural Damascus as we do today or, hopefully, in the near future, we can resume deliveries in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria.
The explanation is that we are not in a position to determine whether these were in fact air strikes. We are in a position to say that the convoy was attacked.
We've established it was not a fire.
However we remain committed to stay and deliver to everybody in need in Syria.
In order to actually initiate the actual movement of these convoys we need the facilitation letters. They have not come.
It's highly frustrating.
We are as ready to go as we can possibly be. The modalities for ensuring safe passage have not yet been cleared and given to us so that we can move. We know that there is at least a quarter of a million people in eastern Aleppo who are potentially all of them in need of some kind of aid.
It is a deal which has been done by the United States and the Russians, the details of which we are not privy to. We've got nothing to hide.
We need to have actual concrete assurances – we need to be satisfied – that we are not sending people, aid convoys, into mortal danger. And we don't have that yet.
We are waiting for this cessation of hostilities to actually deliver the assurances and the peace before trucks can start moving from Turkey. As I speak, that has not been the case.
We need to enter an environment where we are not in mortal danger as humanitarian organizations delivering aid.
The UN urgently calls for a humanitarian pause in the fighting in Aleppo to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks and provide humanitarian assistance to people in need.
In a situation like this, red tape may cost lives.
This has been a consistent issue for us, for years, that we do not get the approvals, not only for convoys, but other kinds of approvals. We have talked about bureaucratic obstacles and hindrances, which are being put in our way, yes, by the Syrian government.
This action plan asks for 301 million US dollars. It is for agency response in, basically, all sectors of humanitarian assistance. 11.3 million people have been affected by the typhoon.