Militants Block U.N. Aid Convoy From Reaching Civilians in Damascus Countryside

Official media blames Ghouta rebels for preventing aid passage, despite government forces having blockaded the area for four years

Armed groups in the Eastern Ghouta area blocked on Thursday the distribution of humanitarian aid to residents of a number of towns in the southern part of the Damascus countryside.

According to sources, factions stopped the entry of a U.N. aid convoy attempting to reach the towns of Yalda, Babila, and Beit Sahm, demanding 5,000 food packages before letting the vehicles pass.

The 35-truck convoy, which included 8,000 food packages and 7,000 bags of flour, was transported by cars of the Syrian Red Crescent to the towns on the outskirts of the capital.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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