Syria: Food rations reach Damascus truce areas
About 6,650 food rations in three areas of Damascus where rebels and the army reached a truce were distributed by Syria’s Red Crescent on Monday, Agence France-Presse reported.
These areas, however, are still under partial blockade.
The distributions have taken place over the past four days in Beit Sahem, Babbila and Yalda, three rebel bastions where the two sides reached a ceasefire after more than a year and a half of fighting and daily shelling.
The Red Crescent said it also provided medical treatment to 460 residents during the operation, while another 1,700 sick people were able to leave.
The Red Crescent posted photographs on its Facebook page showing scores of men and women gathering at a table, waiting to sign up for the distributions with humanitarian volunteers.
The photographs also show elderly men, teenagers and children looking happy as they carry away boxes marked with the Red Crescent’s logo.
The aid mission was carried out with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Food Program (WFP).
Some 5,450 families benefited from the distribution, out of a total 12,000 families that have signed up for assistance.
Truces reached in recent weeks for several rebel-held areas around Damascus -- where people were reportedly dying from shortages -- have allowed the entry of food, sources on both sides have said.
But according to activists and human rights organizations, the siege on the rebel-held areas has not ended.
In Moadamiyet al-Sham, southwest of Damascus, activists have denounced restrictions imposed by the army ever since a truce was agreed in late December.
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