World Bulletin / News Desk
A temporary ceasefire has been declared between the Syrian regime and Free Syrian Army troops due to the delivery of humanitarian aid to opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo by UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Syrian Red Crescent.
Mamun Ebu Omar, an editor at Shahba Press Agency in Aleppo, told Anadolu Agency that four truckloads of humanitarian aid was transported to storages in al Basatin and Abu al Kusur by small vehicles and wheelbarrows since the roads in the area were in poor condition.
"This is a significant step. It is the first delivery of humanitarian aid to opposition-controlled areas since armed opponents gained control of al-Rashidin six months ago," he said.
Following the agreement the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) carried out a rare and risky operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to the besieged neighborhood of Boustan al Qaser in Eastern Aleppo.
"Two trucks packed with blankets, plastic sheeting, hygiene kits and kitchen sets and food were offloaded at the last checkpoint at the outskirts of the city," UNCHR noted in a statement on Wednesday.
The goods were then transported into the community using 54 pull-carts with 75 workers, making 270 trips back and forth the one and a half kilometers route, for distribution later to a SARC warehouse and then to the needy population.
UNHCR last accessed the area in June 2013 and no humanitarian aid has reached the population there since then.Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2014, 15:02