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Russia Passes 3 Tonnes of Aid to Syrian Homs Province

© AP Photo / Hassan AmmarIn this picture taken Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, a car drives through a devastated part of the old city of Homs, Syria
In this picture taken Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, a car drives through a devastated part of the old city of Homs, Syria - Sputnik International
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The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeimim airbase has passed three tonnes of humanitarian aid to residents of Syria’s Homs Governorate.

Unloading Russian EMERCOM plane with humanitarian aid which arrived to Latakia Airport in Syria - Sputnik International
Russia Brings Four Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Syria's Homs Province
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeimim airbase has passed three tonnes (metric tons) of humanitarian aid to residents of Syria’s Homs Governorate, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

In addition to the aid which consisted mostly of food items, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation "provided medical assistance to 32 local residents," according to the statement.

More humanitarian aid convoys are being formed for residents of the Syrian Hama Governorate, according to the Russian military.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and militant groups, such as the Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh).

A US-Russia-brokered ceasefire came into force across Syria on February 27. It was supported by Damascus, as well as by dozens of opposition groups on the ground. Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front), both outlawed in Russia, were not part of the deal.

The ceasefire has been generally holding, which improved the humanitarian situation in the country and increased access for aid convoys.

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