UN aid contracts 'going to Assad-linked companies'

A UN aid convoy delivers food, health and emergency items to the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital DamascusUnited Nations aid contracts worth tens of millions of dollars have gone to people closely associated with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite US and EU sanctions, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. The Guardian found that two UN agencies had partnered up with the Syria Trust charity, an organisation started and chaired by Assad’s wife Asma, spending a total of $8.5 million (7.6 million euros).

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