Life is slowly resembling some kind of normality for the residents of Deir ez-Zor following years under the yoke of Islamic State terrorists. Humanitarian convoys with much needed aid finally poured into the city after a joint Syrian-Russian offensive broke the blockade.

At least nine heavy trucks carrying food and humanitarian aid reached the city Monday, Sana reported. The aid was immediately distributed to families in the eastern and western neighborhoods of Deir ez-Zor and the neighboring village of Jafra. It is among the areas which have suffered from severe food shortages during the ISIS-imposed siege.

Up to 125,000 civilians had been trapped in the oil-rich provincial capital for over two years, with jihadists effectively blocking commercial and humanitarian access to the city. Residents have been mostly reliant on airdropped aid by the UN, Russia and the Syrian government.

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