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The UN started those aid convoys to Syria back up again

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Syrian children in a refugee camp in 2012. (United Nations Photo/Flickr)

The United Nations has resumed aid delivery to Syria, sending trucks loaded with food, daily necessities, and medical supplies for 35,000 people. This comes as a relief for all the people in rebel-held parts of the country who were worried after an aid convoy got bombed on September 19th and the UN pushed pause on all aid to the war-torn country.

The attack on the convoy strained the ceasefire agreement between Russia and USA with both countries blaming the other for the bombing. UN humanitarian workers have called it the worst attack on a cross-border convoy.

With the failing ceasefire, fighting has resumed in Aleppo with airstrikes triggering major blazes in parts of the city. The strikes were on rebel-held parts of the city, so people are pointing fingers at President Bashar al-Assad who in turn pointed a finger at the US for killing 60 of his soldiers in airstrikes.

While the two powers continue to duke it out, millions of people in the country are at risk from the ongoing civil war. Syrian refugees and the refugee crisis has been at the center of the UN General Assembly too, where President Obama recently shared the letter of a six-year-old boy who wants his family to take in Omran Daqneesh, the little Syrian boy who was recorded sitting in an ambulance with a stunned look on his face.

This also comes on the heels of Donald Trump Jr.'s Skittles tweet, in which he compared refugees to the candies.

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The UN started those aid convoys to Syria back up again

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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