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Ships With Humanitarian Aid From Russia Arrive in Syria

© Sputnik / Alayeddin MohamadRussia has established the first refugee camp for 500 people in the central Syrian city of Hama
Russia has established the first refugee camp for 500 people in the central Syrian city of Hama - Sputnik International
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Ships with a new batch of humanitarian aid from Russia have arrived at Syrian Tartus Harbour.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and US Secretary of State John Kerry - Sputnik International
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Food stuffs, medications, clothes, blankets, tents and other living essentials for refugees are being shipped to Syria along with automotive vehicles for civilian designation and military equipment, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Russian sustainment center specialists are rendering all necessary assistance in unloading the ships with humanitarian aid, TVZvezda reported.  

The supplies are being promptly delivered on local vehicles to population centers including temporary refugee camps, each housing around 500 people.

Russian EMERCOM plane with humanitarian aid for the people of Syria arrives to Latakia Airport in Syria. - Sputnik International
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The war-ravaged nation lacks the bare necessities for people who have lost all their possessions in their destroyed home cities. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled Syria for Europe, causing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, as government forces loyal to Assad fight several opposition and radical Islamist militant groups, including the Nusra Front and the Islamic State (ISIL).

Russia has been supplying Syria with humanitarian aid and military equipment for much of the conflict.

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