Emergency food aid has reached 60,000 people in four besieged towns, just weeks after an attack on a humanitarian convoy killed 21 people.
Thursday October 6, 2016
A Syrian Arab Red Crescent team distributes aid supplies in Damascus. Photo: IFRC/Ibrahim Malla
Forty-five trucks carrying food rations and nutritional supplements for children reached the towns of Madaya, Zabadani, Fouaa and Kefraya.
It was the first time in nearly five months that relief supplies arrived in those towns, all of which remain under siege. The convoy of trucks brought enough food for 60,000 people.
Concerns remain for people trapped in Aleppo, where conflict has intensified.
Humanitarian aid was temporarily suspended in Syria after last month's horrific attack on a Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouse and an aid convoy in rural Aleppo. Twenty-one humanitarians were killed as they unloaded trucks containing aid supplies. Much of the aid was destroyed as well.
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Both the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent have since resumed their work in the country, working with the World Food Program and other agencies to reach millions of Syrians who need assistance.
"Each day thousands of Syrian mums and dads, brothers and sisters, get out of bed, put on Red Crescent uniforms and volunteer to help their neighbours survive a brutal war," said Peter Walton from Australian Red Cross.
"They're heartbroken by the attack that killed their colleagues, but they're not going to stop helping. We're proud to stand with them."
Since the attack, Australians have donated more than $20,000 to the Syria Crisis Appeal.
"The generosity we've seen is a clear sign that Australians care deeply about the people of Syria," Mr Walton said.
"With 13 million people in Syria requiring urgent humanitarian assistance, every effort matters. Every aid delivery will save lives in a besieged town. Every hygiene kit, cash grant or blanket will help someone survive and endure just a little longer."
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