July 15, 2018 / 9:48 AM / 4 months ago

Aid convoy reaches southwest Syria - Syrian Arab Red Crescent

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A humanitarian aid convoy reached government-held parts of southwest Syria on Sunday, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent statement said.

Sixteen trucks carrying 3,000 food parcels reached the towns of Nassib and Um al-Mayathen in Deraa province near a border crossing with Jordan.

The Syrian government, backed by the Russian military, has captured most of the province in an offensive that began in June.

The convoy was accompanied by a delegation containing the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Syria Ali Al Zaatari and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

(This version of the story corrects number of trucks in paragraph two to 16 and not 9.)

Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Toby Chopra

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