Darayya Syria Aid

June 2, 2016 by  

Darayya Syria Aid, An aid convoy carrying medicine, baby milk and vaccines has entered the Damascus suburb of Darayya for the first time since it was besieged by regime forces in 2012, according to the Red Cross.

The joint convoy organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent entered the starving town on Wednesday afternoon.

The aid, which does not contain food, arrived three weeks after a similar convoy was barred from entering the town by forces from the elite Fourth Armored Brigade commanded by Maher al-Assad, the president’s brother.

It is understood that food was excluded from the convoy as a confidence-building measure, with humanitarian officials hoping further aid deliveries would include food.

ICRC spokesman Pawel Krzysiek, who accompanied the convoy, said people inside Darayya had welcomed the convoy even though it did not contain any food.

“They were not angry, they were very positive and open – they are people like us. But they want to eat and we must bring to them food as soon as possible,” he told the Guardian. “Today’s delivery went very smoothly and it is certainly a positive development but whether it will become a success we have to see when and how often we will be able to return to Darayya in the hopefully very near future.”

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