Forty-six aid trucks entered the area on Monday but deliveries were interrupted due to heavy bombardmentSYRIA / DAMASCUS: An aid convoy planned to bring assistance Thursday to besieged civilians in Syria’s battered Eastern Ghouta will not go through, the International Committee for the Red Cross said. A second aid convoy had planned to reach desperate residents of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave later Thursday after weeks of pummeling by government forces and Russian warplanes in defiance of UN calls for a halt to violence. Forty-six aid trucks entered the area on Monday for the first time since the offensive, but had to cut short their deliveries and leave due to heavy bombardment. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all warring sides to allow aid trucks to return for a planned second delivery to the enclave’s main town of Douma on Thursday. The advance came after hundreds of Afghan, Palestinian, and Syrian loyalist militiamen arrived in Eastern Ghouta to bolster the ground push, according to the Observatory.
Source: The Express Tribune March 08, 2018 07:31 UTC