PARIS Dec 15 Two trucks filled with 20 tonnes
of first aid supplies and construction materials left Paris for
northern Syria on Thursday to help those fleeing conflict in
Doctors and health workers from the France-based Union of
Medical Care and Relief Organisations organised the convoy,
which will cross nearly 4,000 km (2,500 miles) by land to Syria.
"(The objective) is to provide supplies to the hospitals to
face the increased demand from the people who will arrive,"
Chadi Homedan, a doctor and member of the Union of Relief and
Medical Organisations, told Reuters.
An operation to evacuate thousands of civilians and fighters
from Aleppo began on Thursday, part of a ceasefire deal that
would end years of fighting for the city, once Syria's most
One of the trucks leaving Paris contained materials to help
rebuild health care centres destroyed by ground fighting and air
(Reporting by Michaela Cabrera and Noemie Olive. Editing by
Patrick Johnston and Larry King)