Monday 22 October 2018

Aid convoy enters embattled rebel-held areas in Syria

The International Committee of the Red Cross said a convoy of 13 trucks, including food parcels for 12,000 people, has entered the town of Douma.

Syrian government soldiers during a battle against rebels in eastern Ghouta (SANA via AP)
Syrian government soldiers during a battle against rebels in eastern Ghouta (SANA via AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

The International Committee of the Red Cross has taken advantage of a lull in fighting in the Syrian capital Damascus to deliver aid to the embattled rebel-held suburbs of eastern Ghouta.

The ICRC said a convoy of 13 trucks, including food parcels for 12,000 people, has entered the town of Douma.

The delivery consists of the remaining aid that was not offloaded during a humanitarian aid mission to the enclave on Monday that was cut short because of deteriorating security.

The trucks had been stuck at the Wafideen crossing the entire week, waiting to enter to offload the remaining food parcels and flour bags.

ICRC spokeswoman Indy Sedky said the trucks crossed into eastern Ghouta “after getting security guarantees from all parties to make sure no incident will happen during the presence of our team” in the city.

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