April 7, 2016 / 12:27 PM / in 2 years

U.N. disappointed at Syria aid slowdown, hopes to evacuate wounded

Special advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland addresses a news conference after a meeting of the Task Force for Humanitarian Access at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - The chairman of a U.N. humanitarian taskforce on Syria said on Thursday he was disappointed by a slowdown in aid access, largely because of blockages by government-backed forces, but he hoped there would be a major evacuation from four towns.

Jan Egeland said the evacuation was planned of up to 500 sick and wounded people and their families from the towns of Madaya, Zabadani, Foua and Kufreya.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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