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    Syrian Air Force aircraft before dropping humanitarian cargo on Russian parachute platforms in the area of Deir ez-Zor, Syria. (A snap shot from the video published by the Russian Defense Ministry at its official YouTube channel.

    Russia Delivers 620 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Syria - Russian MoD

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    The Russian Federation has delivered hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid to several of Syria's most conflict-ravaged provinces, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – About 620 metric tons of humanitarian aid and medicine have been delivered to the Syrian provinces of Hama, Homs, Latakia, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor, Aleppo and Damascus, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.

    "We have already delivered and handed over more than 620 tons of humanitarian aid, medicine and other essentials to the local population of the Syrian provinces of Hama, Homs, Latakia, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor, Aleppo and Damascus," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated.

    Russia is ready to help with the organization of humanitarian aid supplies to the Syrian population, along with providing the unloading and storage of the cargo at the Hmeimim airbase, he added.

    Humanitarian cargo loaded into a transport aircraft for the city of Deir ez-Zor
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    The Russian Defense Ministry is also ready to allocate vehicles for the transportation of humanitarian supplies from a Russian naval facility in the port of Tartus and the Hmeimim airbase to the areas of direct distribution of aid to the Syrians in need, Konashenkov outlined.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the government forces fighting several opposition factions and militant groups. The conflict has significantly damaged the country's economy and caused a humanitarian disaster.

    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 Islamic State and the Nusra Front (both outlawed in Russia) are not part of the deal.


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