Fresh aid reaches 13K families in Aleppo, Red Cross says

Red Cross says new aid delivered to 13K families in many towns of Aleppo Province by Syrian Red Crescent

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Men store bags of flour unloaded from a Red Crescent aid convoy in the rebel held besieged town of Jesreen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, March 7, 2016.

Fresh humanitarian aid reached some 13,000 families in northern Aleppo Province as a convoy of 26 trucks entered areas hit by recent fighting, the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

The delivery by the Syrian Red Crescent to towns including Azaz, Afrin and Tal Rifaat was the largest in the area for weeks, Red Cross spokesman Pawel Krzysiek said. Clinics have also been resupplied, he added.

A fragile cessation of hostilities agreement has reduced violence in western Syria but has not halted fighting.

Mouadamiya, on the southwestern side of Damascus, has been under the control of opposition forces since mid-2012.

Syrian regime forces surrounded the city in 2013 but only began allowing aid access in mid-2014 under a local deal. This was until they closed the only entry point in late December, after allowing 50-100 regime employees to leave. According to the United Nations, other civilians were not warned of the closure.

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