Cameron urged to give green light to air force food drops in Syria

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox
Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox
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DAVID Cameron has been urged to consider RAF airdrops of food to starving Syrians by a Yorkshire MP and a former leader of the Liberal Democrats.

In a joint letter, Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox and Lord Ashdown called on the Government to do more to respond to reports of people starving in the war-torn country.

Both pro-Government and opposition forces have been accused of preventing aid agencies from accessing towns and villages.

The letter says: “In the case that the UN continues to be denied access to these besieged areas by the Assad regime, the UK should strongly consider airdropping aid to those communities at risk ofstarvation.

In some of these areas, the RAF is already flying anti-ISIS missions, and if necessary this is something we should press our European partners to support.

Like the airdrops by the US in 2014 to the Yazidis in Iraq, and the leadership shown by the last Conservative Government to save lives with similar action in Northern Iraq, there are immediate steps we can take to stop more vulnerable people dying needlessly of hunger.

“We cannot sit by and watch this happen.”

The UN said today that the Syrian Government had indicated it was willing to grant access to three villages to provide food.

It is estimated around 400,000 people are in areas beseiged by forces taking part in the conflict.