Here is the basic timeline:
1- Pallets landed in target area according to initial reports
2- Ooooops, we aren't so sure?
3- To all of it is lost
Here is the reporting- 18 hours ago
The United Nations carried out its first airdrop of humanitarian aid to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor , UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien said, delivering 21 tonnes of relief to civilians besieged by Islamic State militants.
"Earlier this morning a WFP (World Food Programme) plane dropped the first cargo of 21 [metric] tonnes of items into Deir al-Zor," O'Brien told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. "We have received initial reports ... that pallets have landed in the target area."UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien told the UN security council:
"Earlier this morning a WFP (World Food Programme) plane dropped the first cargo of 21 [metric] tonnes of items into Deir al-Zor,"Sounds to me as if Mr Stephen O Brien had verified, through appropriate channels, the pallets had landed in the target area
"We have received initial reports ... that pallets have landed in the target area."
Initially, the UN said reports from Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) teams on the ground in Deir al-Zour suggested that the first cargo of 21 tonnes of aid dropped over the city had landed in the target area as planned.2- Ooooops, we aren't so sure?
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric later told reporters the WFP was still trying to get information on where the aid ended up, suggesting it may not have all reached the target area.
"As you know, airdrops can be very challenging," he said. "The pallets were dropped. They're trying to reach local partners to ensure that the aid was received.”
3- To all of it is lost
An agency of the United Nations has admitted on Thursday that 21 tons of humanitarian aid scheduled to be air dropped to assist the legions of people starving in Syrian has been damaged, lost, or destroyed, when it fell into an area that had been covered by land mines.According to the U.N. World Food Programme spokesman Abeer Etefa, 10 of the 21 pallets of vegetable oil, lentils, rice, and salt “drifted away and are so far unaccounted for,” seven pallets landed in no man’s land, and four of them were damaged
10 just drifted away..... Seven landed in "no man's land". Whatever the heck that is supposed to mean?! Sounds like nonsense! Sounds like excuse making! What defines no man's land in this circumstance? Words that say nothing. And the last four were damaged
Reminds me of those airdrops of weapons that inadvertently end up in the hands of ISIS- ;) Could be more weapons to YPG, undercover of 'food aid'?
What is certain? The UN claims are not credible.