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ICRC Delivers Emergency Relief In Rural Damascus Following Truce
The ICRC in a statement Thursday said that the 19-truck humanitarian convoy was the first to enter the Rural Damascus district since a truce was brokered there earlier this month.
"The convoy arrived in Barzeh yesterday (Wednesday)and delivered medical, food and other items, including kitchen sets, blankets and mattresses, throughout the day to local committees," said the Deputy Head of the ICRC Delegation in Syria, Daphnee Maret, who oversaw the operation.
"ICRC economic security and health specialists had assessed the humanitarian situation in Barzeh last week. This is significant, as it paved the way for the impartial delivery of assistance, including medical relief, in an area directly affected by fighting."
The statement also said that local committees and local health personnel will begin distributing aid provided by the ICRC at several easily accessible distribution points in the district on Thursday.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights statement in a news report on Feb 15, more than 140,000 people, over 7,000 of them children, have been killed in Syria's uprising-turned-civil war since it started in March 2011.
The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, at the second international pledging conference held recently in Kuwait said that there are now 9.3 million people in need in Syria and nearly 6.5 million people are internally displaced.
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