Russia, Belarus Supply Over 20 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Syria’s Aleppo Read mor
Russia, Belarus Supply Over 20 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Syria’s Aleppo
The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation, in cooperation with the Belarusian embassy, has delivered 23 tonnes (metric tons) of humanitarian aid to the Syrian city of Aleppo.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – "Together with the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus two humanitarian actions were carried out in the city of Aleppo," the reconciliation center said in a statement posted by the Russian Defense Ministry.
According to the Russian military, aid was delivered to a university hospital, two clinics and a children’s home in Aleppo, as well as to a refugee camp in the Aleppo Province. A UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Syria's Aleppo province was attacked late on Monday, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. As a result, 18 of 31 trucks were destroyed and at least 21 individuals were killed.
The tragic incident occurred amid a new ceasefire in Syria and just two days after aircraft of the US-led anti-Daesh coalition carried out four airstrikes against positions of the Syrian army near Deir ez-Zor, leaving 62 personnel killed and some 100 wounded.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups, such as Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, both of which are banned in Russia and a range of other countries. On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry presented a new plan to regulate the conflict in Syria, which included a new ceasefire that came into force on September 12.
On Wednesday, Lavrov stressed that the September 16 attacks by US-led coalition forces on Syrian army positions at a military airport near Deir ez-Zor were a flagrant violation of the ceasefire agreement. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the new ceasefire in Syria has been strictly adhered to only by the Syrian government forces.