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People wait for Liberian security forces to allow them to deliver foodstuff to friends and family members in the West Point area that has been hardest hit by the Ebola virus spreading in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
People wait for Liberian security forces to allow them to deliver foodstuff to friends and family members in the West Point area that has been hardest hit by the Ebola virus spreading in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
(Abbas Dulleh/AP)

Isolation, cancelled flights hamper Ebola efforts in Africa

Plans for a massive “surge” of medical aid to fight the Ebola crisis have been jeopardized by airlines cancelling flights into the region, the United Nations has warned.

West African countries at the heart of the Ebola outbreak are increasingly sealed off from the world, their borders closed, their airports empty and their airline routes suspended. This isolation is now endangering the relief effort, UN experts say.