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New Shipment of Aid Arrives in Suburban Damascus
   2016-03-05 07:23:58    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

A Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid convoy enters al-Wafidin camp on the outskirts of the rebels-held Douma city in the eastern Ghouta, Damascus countryside, Syria, on March 4, 2016. [Photo: Imagine China]

United Nations agencies and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have coordinated a new shipment of humanitarian aid to the area of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

A convoy of 23 trucks carrying urgent aid supplies was due to arrive in suburban Damascus, aiming to reach over 20 thousand people in need.

Yacoub Al-Helou, U.N resident coordinator in Damascus, said the ceasefire has helped as aid delivery is corrdinated.

"We hope to spread the process of humanitarian aid delivery because of the good conditions that have come with the cessation of hostilities agreement. There is no doubt this will help us a lot to do more and reach a bigger number and it will help us also assure the safety of humanitarian workers."

The cessation of hostilities came into effect last Saturday, and the amount of humanitarian aid in the country has increased since then.

The agreement is the first of its kind during the Syrian civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and created refugee crises in the Middle East and Europe.

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