Aid convoy starts to enter Syria's eastern Ghouta - Reuters witness

Monday, 2018-03-05 17:14:37
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A boy walks near damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, March 1, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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An international aid convoy crossed a final Syrian army checkpoint and began to enter the besieged, rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, a Reuters witness said on March 5.

Separately, Ali al-Za'tari, a senior United Nations official with the convoy, told Reuters it would take "many hours" to offload the aid in the enclave and that it might be "well after nightfall" before it could leave eastern Ghouta.

A 46-truck aid convoy is on the move towards the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, Pawel Krzysiek, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said in a tweet on March 5.

A day earlier, the United Nations said it was hoping to send the 46 trucks with medicines, food and other supplies for 27,500 of almost 400,000 people trapped in the Damascus suburb since 2013.