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    Russia Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Syrian Aleppo Province

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    Russian servicemen have delivered humanitarian aid to the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The aid, which includes about 4 tonnes (metric tons) of food, is the first humanitarian supply that some or the local residents are receiving since the start of the civil war in Syria in 2011.

    On Wednesday, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeimim airbase delivered 4.4 metric tons of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people living in the Aleppo province. On Tuesday, the center delivered 3.2 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the region.

    Since 2011, Syria has been mired in a civil war, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting a number of militant groups and opposition factions. The conflict has significantly damaged the country's economy and caused a humanitarian disaster.

    Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, was attacked by Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) militants in 2012. Since then, Syrian government forces have been fighting for Aleppo.

    According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), 6.6 million Syrians are internally displaced, while over 4.8 million have fled the country amid violence.

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

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