Eastern Ghouta: Aid convoy enters besieged enclave for first time since November
Nine trucks carrying food, health and nutrition supplies for 7,200 people entered the rebel-held area, where almost 400,000 civilians are under siege
An aid convoy reached the besieged Damascus enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday for the first time since November.
Nine trucks carrying food, health and nutrition supplies for 7,200 people entered the rebel-held area, where almost 400,000 civilians are under siege. It follows months of pleading by the United Nations for the Assad government to grant access and agree to a ceasefire.
"First @UN and @SYRedCrescent inter-agency convoy this year crossed conflict lines to #Nashabieh in #EastGhouta to deliver food, health and nutrition supplies for 7,200 people in the besieged enclave," the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a tweet.
The relief items included some 1.8 million tonnes of medical supplies from the World Health Organisation, said the body's representative in Syria, Elizabeth Hoff.
These were enough to provide 10,000 treatments, including antibiotics, dialysis sessions, insulin, life-saving medicines, trauma and pneumonia kits and hospitals beds, she said.
Ms Hoff also said there was no news regarding the more than 700 patients who await medical evacuation from Eastern Ghouta, for which the UN health agency has been seeking government approval for months.
Last week was one of the bloodiest in the nearly seven-year-old conflict as Syrian government forces, who are backed by Russia and Iran, bombarded two of the last major rebel areas of Syria — Eastern Ghouta and the northwestern province of Idlib.
Updated: February 14, 2018 08:09 PM