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GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has restarted air drops of food to support 93,500 Syrians besieged by Islamic State in the town of Deir al-Zor, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Tuesday.

Air drops were halted on Jan. 15 after Islamic State militants cut the besieged zone in two and overran the drop zone that had been used for 177 air drops since April. WFP said a new drop zone was now in use and air drops resumed on Jan. 29.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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