A humanitarian convoy has delivered 800 metric tons of essential supplies to Syria’s contested city of Aleppo, including food supplies, drinking water, school equipment, hygiene products and household chemicals, during a three-hour pause in airstrikes.
All the goods will be delivered to public warehouses and stores, which will set the prices, according to local consumers union.
“We came in a column, some from Damascus, others from Homs. I brought 18 tonnes of butter and vegetable oil with me. My colleges brought cereals, drinking water, sugar and rice,” the driver of one of the cargo trucks, Abdel Majid Saeed, told reporters.
On Thursday, a three-hour humanitarian window with a total halt in hostilities opened in Aleppo, it will be in effect every day from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. local time. Russian Chief of the Main Operational Directorate Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said the Syrian government forces and the Russian air groups were ready to provide security to all organizations interested in delivering goods to residents of Aleppo.
Aleppo has been mired in intense fighting, with the Syrian army and local militia forces having managed to encircled large groups of militants in eastern districts of Aleppo.