Violence halts Red Cross delivery to Syria’s Ghouta
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Violence halts Red Cross delivery to Syria’s Ghouta

  • SYRIAN RED CRESCENT VIA AP

    Members of the Syrian Red Crescent distributed medicines today for civilians in Douma, eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria.

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BEIRUT >> The International Committee for the Red Cross says it was forced to halt aid delivery to the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus the previous day after the security situation deteriorated while aid workers were on the ground.

Ingy Sedky, the ICRC spokeswoman in Syria says most of the aid from a 46-truck convoy was delivered to the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta today but the mission was cut short before the rest of the supplies could be unloaded.

Iyad Abdelaziz, a member of the Douma Local Council, says nine aid trucks had to leave the area after government shelling and airstrikes intensified in the evening.

Today’s shipment was the first to enter eastern Ghouta amid weeks of a crippling siege and a government assault that has killed hundreds.

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