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.
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.
NOW: Our team with @SYRedCrescent @UN getting ready to enter Douma #EasternGhouta to deliver the remaining of aid that wasn’t offloaded during our previous convoy on 5th March. 13 trucks including 2400 food parcels for 12,000 people and 3240 flour bags. #syria— ICRC Syria (@ICRC_sy) March 9, 2018
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.