One hundred aid trucks leave Damascus for besieged towns in Syria

Published February 17th, 2016 - 09:37 GMT
The aid convoy goes through final preparations before departing from Damascus. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
The aid convoy goes through final preparations before departing from Damascus. (AFP/Louai Beshara)

Reuters reports that the Syrian Red Crescent loaded at least 100 trucks of humanitarian aid and emergency supplies on Wednesday, to provide for seven besieged areas across Syria.

On Tuesday, the Syrian regime government officially allowed UN access to the seven besieged areas after a series of crisis talks in Damascus. The Syrian regime, the UN, and rebel forces are preparing to resume peace talks next week, according to Reuters.

The aid trucks are traveling to five of the seven approved areas. Madaya, Zabadani, and Mouadamiya al-Sham are near Damascus and should receive the aid within a few hours. Foua and Kefraya are in the northwest Idlib province, and increased instability in the area may delay the convoys.

On Tuesday, an MSF-supported clinic and a school were hit by an airstrike in the Idlib province, causing international outcry. The province is facing multiple attacks against civilians, isolating them even further from critical humanitarian support. 


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