UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United Nations (UN) today sent 21 humanitarian aid barges to Idlib, a northwestern province in Syria ravaged by decades of civil war.
The barges, with supplies to be distributed among residents in Idlib’s urban areas as well as the surrounding villages, passed through the Cilvegozu border point in Turkey’s southern Hatay province.
Syria has been embroiled in a savage civil war since early 2011 when Bashar al-Assad’s regime crushed pro-democracy protests.
According to UN figures, since then hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million have been displaced.
Idlib is part of the de-escalation zone set out in the agreement between Turkey and Russia in September 2018. However, the Syrian regime and its allies have repeatedly violated the terms of the ceasefire by conducting frequent attacks within the area.
The de-escalation zone is currently inhabited by 4 million civilians, including hundreds of thousands of people displaced by regime forces from their cities over the years in the war-torn state.
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