Syrian Humanitarian Groups Available to Comment on Relief Efforts During Cease-Fire U.S.-based aid organizations frustrated by delays in delivering aid to besieged civilians

(Washington, D.C.) September 16, 2016 – Commenting on reports of limited secure access in to Aleppo for humanitarian aid shipments and aid convoys, Lena Arkawi, spokesperson for the American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) and its thirteen U.S.-based Syrian relief organizations including the Syrian American Medical Society, said:

“The tenuous cease fire is just one small step toward saving lives and restoring security to the people of Syria. We hold out hope that civilians trapped in Aleppo are experiencing a respite from the daily threat of death. The city infrastructure is destroyed. Food shortages are ongoing and are turning deadly. The American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) is asking the U.S. to do everything in their power to get food, clothing and medical supplies to survivors in Aleppo and other besieged areas of Syria.”