Red Cross Aid Reaches Besieged Damascus Suburb For First Time In Four Years

A convoy of trucks carried food, hygiene equipment and medicine to Harasta.

19/05/2016 12:18 AM AEST | Updated 19/05/2016 12:18 AM AEST
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A spokesman from the Red Cross said the organization successfully delivered humanitarian aid supplies to the besieged Damascus suburb of Harasta after four years.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Aid from the Red Cross and Syrian Red Crescent entered the besieged Damascus suburb of Harasta for the first time in four years on Wednesday, a spokesman said.

A convoy of trucks jointly organised with the United Nations carried food, hygiene equipment and medicine destined for Harasta's entire population of around 10,000 people, Pawel Krzysiek said in a statement.

Harasta is in the Eastern Ghouta region, east of Damascus, which is under rebel control. It is one of several areas around the Syrian capital which are sealed off by government forces.

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