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Thursday, March 29, 2018

U.N. Seeks To Deliver Humanitarian Aid To Eastern Ghouta

The United Nations is planning to bring aid to trapped civilians in Syria ahead of a massive military operation.
On Wedneday, a U.N. official announced that a humanitarian convoy would distribute food and emergency supplies to civilians in Eastern Ghouta.
A Russian-backed Syrian Army force has been conducting an offensive in Eastern Ghouta for over a month.
Thousands of rebels and civilians have been evacuated from the region in recent weeks and relocated to the northern city of Idlib.

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government forces overseeing the evacuation by buses of rebel fighters and their families, in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, March. 28, 2018. U.N. coordinator Ali al-Za’atari says at least 80,000 people have fled the government’s offensive in the eastern Ghouta suburbs, where shelling and airstrikes have killed hundreds of people in recent weeks. He says 50,000 are still living in shelters, with many requiring medical care. (SANA via AP)
However, some rebels are still refusing to leave despite the fighting.
“It is still an area that is under the control of Jaish al-Islam,” explained U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Ali Al-Za’tari. “Access to it is limited by the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations. and there are civilians exiting Douma through Wafideen (crossing point).”
The United Nations will have to move quickly to deliver the help ahead of the planned offensive operation.

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