Amid Lull, Red Cross Delivers Aid to Syria’s Ghouta

(From AP News)

Amid a lull in Damascus’ embattled rebel-held suburbs, a small team of relief workers entered the eastern Ghouta area on Friday to deliver remaining aid left over from a mission earlier in the week, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

ICRC said a convoy of 13 trucks, including food parcels for 12,000 people, went into Douma — the largest and most populated town in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta, on the edge of the Syrian capital.

The delivery consists of the remaining aid that was not offloaded during a humanitarian aid mission to the enclave on Monday which was cut short because of deteriorating security. The trucks had been stuck at the Wafideen crossing the entire week, waiting to enter to deliver the remaining food parcels and flour bags.

ICRC spokeswoman Indy Sedky said the trucks crossed into eastern Ghouta on Friday “after getting security guarantees from all parties to make sure no incident will happen during the presence of our team” there.

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