Talks have been held between the US and UK in regards to examining possibilities of using airdrops and edible drones to send food and medicine to besieged people in Eastern Aleppo and other areas in Syria.
For the past few months, discussions have been going on in Washington about the prospects of air bridges , parachute drops,and edible drones that can actually be taken apart and eaten. However, several disagreements have arisen between government officials, the objection of the military to get involved, and officials being worried of flying in without the approval of the Syrian regime.
As the talks between the two countries have been at a stand still, the people in Aleppo’s conditions have been worsening. There hasn’t been a road convoy that has been present in the region for months.
Escalating Need for Aid
The circumstances in these Syrian areas have been dreadful as hospitals and rebel areas have been under constant destruction due to the constant bombing. There has been worry that by the time any action takes place from the countries to save Syria, the people would be totally depleted. Thousands and thousands of people have been forced to depart the country due to the fierce situation.
Jan England, humanitarian adviser to the UN envoy on Syria has concluded that these airdrops have to be discharged at high altitudes which poses a risk of people getting hurt especially in the populated areas there. Instead of saving people, many of them can get hurt or buildings may get destroyed.
Although recently some of the UK and US governments have had a strong interest in sending large drone airlifts, barriers still exist. Permission needs to be taken from Turkey for the drone flight to take off from there. Also, lack of permission from the Syrian government also poses a problem.
Meanwhile the situation has become very complex, sooner or later there will be no option but to take action as participants in Wednesdays embassy meeting have stated.