First aid convoy reaches besieged Damascus suburbs


A special UN mission transferred food to around 40 thousand Syrian residents in the Damascus suburb of Madaya. This was the first aid convoy sent to the area, which is besieged by Hezbollah, after reports were received that citizens in the area were dying of hunger.



The UN aid convoy Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News


Almost five year have passed since the start of the bloody civil war in Syria. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been killed and injured, and the millions that have been displaced from their homes, the humanitarian condition in the country is continuing to deteriorate.

In recent days, the world was shocked by the horrific photos of the hunger-stricken residents of the town of Madaya, which has been besieged by Hezbollah. Today (Monday), for the first time, an aid convoy entered the town in hopes of alleviating at least some of the residents’ suffering.

image descriptionHalf a year under siege. Archives Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News

According to the reports, the convoy that was sent on the behalf of the UN transferred food meant to feed the more than 40 thousand residents of the town. The UN sent this first aid convoy to the region after receiving reports of citizens who died of hunger.

The convoy consisted of around 20 trucks, and the division of food to the residents was conducted at nightfall in different stations across the town. Meanwhile, two more trucks were sent to another suburb of Damascus, after agreements were reached between the different sides fighting in the area who are all under a Hezbollah siege. Hezbollah is operating in Syria on the behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

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