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ICRC: 13 Trucks of Aid Enter Syria’s Eastern Ghouta
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An emergency aid convoy crossed front lines into the besieged militant enclave of Syria's eastern Ghouta on Friday, Red Cross officials said, as a war monitor reported a pause in Syrian government air strikes backing a massive ground assault.
In less than two weeks, the Syrian army has retaken nearly all the farmland in eastern Ghouta under cover of near ceaseless shelling and air strikes, leaving only a dense sprawl of towns - about half the enclave - still under militants' control.
Meanwhile, the fighting has killed more than 1,000 people, the medical charity Doctors without Borders [MSF] said Thursday. The war monitor, so-called "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights", on Friday gave a death toll of 931 civilians in the campaign.
In parallel, the International Committee of the Red Cross said the aid convoy passed through front lines and was heading to the enclave's biggest town, Douma. No further details were immediately available.
The convoy comprised 13 trucks with food parcels that could not be delivered Monday because of heavy fighting, the ICRC said earlier in a tweet. The Committee was also preparing additional supplies, including medical material, to be sent in a bigger convoy next week.
"The situation is relatively good today. The bombing eased for a bit and is no longer intense," Bilal Abu Salah said, a resident of Douma. But he added that shortages are still acute, causing great hardship.
"Entire families eat one meal in several days," he added.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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