09:34 GMT23 October 2020
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    Russia has delivered over 150 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the residents of areas of Syria's besieged city of Aleppo this week, the Russian military said Sunday.

    ALEPPO (Sputnik) — "The cargo was delivered from Russia early in the week using marine transport bulk carriers. A total of 15 40-feet containers with humanitarian aid were delivered for those residents of Aleppo affected by the fighting," the military's communications center representative Eduard Goryunov told reporters.

    A total of 280 tonnes of aid were delivered to Syria by the Russian convoy. The shipment included essentials such as rice, sugar, flour, canned foods and tea, according to the Russian center for reconciliation in the Arab country. The cargo was delivered to refugee camps on trucks.

    In its latest bulletin late on Saturday, the reconciliation center said 1.5 tons of aid were delivered to civilians still inside battle-torn Aleppo during the day.

    A major government offensive on militant-held areas of the city is underway. On Saturday, militants still encircled in the city refused to seize the government offer of safe passage out of the city and vowed to continue resistance.

    In November, Syrian government forces, supported by local militias, launched a large-scale offensive against extremist groups in the eastern part of Aleppo. The army made major strides earlier this week, liberating almost half of the militant-held areas by late Monday.


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