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    Over 25 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including flour, food sets and confectioneries have been delivered to families in the Syrian provinces of Homs and Aleppo, as well as the city of Deir ez-Zor.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Over 25 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including flour, food sets and confectioneries have been delivered to families in the Syrian provinces of Homs and Aleppo, as well as the city of Deir ez-Zor currently besieged by Daesh (ISIL), the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    "Citizens of Mharram al-Fauqani (Homs province) and Fajdan (Aleppo) have received 8 tons of humanitarian cargoes. Flour, food products and sweets are the basis of the cargos. Aircraft of Abakan Air Russian aviation company has dropped 18 tons of UN humanitarian cargoes (food products and grains) on Deir ez-Zor, which had been besieged by ISIS terrorists," the Russian Hmeymim-based reconciliation center in Syria said in a statement on Sunday.

    On Saturday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered the Hmeymim airbase command to increase assistance to the Syrian population, especially to those trapped in settlements blocked by terrorists.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with numerous opposition factions and Islamic extremist groups fighting government forces seeking to topple the government of President Bashar Assad.

    The ceasefire in Syria worked out by Russia and the United States took effect on February 27. The cessation of hostilities does not apply to terrorist organizations, such as Daesh and al-Nusra Front, outlawed in a number of countries worldwide, including Russia.


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