East StratCom disinformation claim:

The UK did not send “a single gram of flour, any medicine or blankets to help” civilians in Aleppo during the whole Syrian war.

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Period/date: 3. December 2016

Debunk claim:

In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. Aid access might have been hindered since Russia vetoed a Frenchdrafted United Nations Security Council resolution in October that would have demanded an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s Aleppo city and called for a truce and humanitarian aid access throughout Syria. http://research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKCN1280JS. UN figures for Russian aid channelled through the UN for 2015 amount to USD 6,5 million https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/factsheet-the-uks-humanitarian-aid-response-to-the-syria-crisis. In general, the EU is the leading donor in the international response to the Syrian crisis, with over €8.9 billion from the EU and Member States collectively allocated in humanitarian, stabilisation and development assistance since the start of the conflict. The UK is the biggest donor in the EU.

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This information is reported by East Stratcom in Disinformation Review issue 51. The item is located at row number 25 in the report.

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