Syria: Humanitarian aid enters embattled Aleppo
Earlier this month, much needed aid and humanitarian supplies were delivered to rebel-held areas of Aleppo by the Syrian Red Crescent and the UN on Wednesday for the first time in 10 months. (AFP)
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Humanitarian convoys have entered Syria’s northern city of Aleppo as the Syrian army has secured the highway to the city.
Aleppo Governor Mohammad Wahid Akkad said that some 200 trucks loaded with food, fruits, vegetables and other humanitarian supplies entered the city on Sunday, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.
Akkad also said that the city’s oil stations will begin working on Monday and that many areas were supplied with water.
He added that the current problem of electricity shortages will be solved in the coming days.
Earlier in the day, government forces secured the highway to Aleppo and opened the Aleppo-Khanaser road after killing a number of foreign-backed militants who were trying to cut off the road.
The Syrian forces also foiled an infiltration attempt by the militants in al-Lairamon and al-Zahraa areas in Aleppo.
The government forces have conducted successful operations against rebels in the Arab country over the past few weeks, retaking the full control of several areas, including the towns of Assal al-Ward, Housh Arab, Jab’adin, Ma’loula and al-Sarkha.
Syria has been gripped by unrelenting militancy since March 2011. The Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are said to be supporting the militants operating inside Syria.