Second-largest aid convoy enters besieged rebel enclave in Syria

A 48-truck convoy, the second-largest during Syria's five-year conflict, has entered a besieged rebel-held area near the central city of Homs, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Tuesday.

Food aid for some 40,000 people was on board the convoy organized by ICRC, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations, the international humanitarian organization said.

The convoy was also carrying medical aid, bedding and kitchen equipment. Engineers were on board to support local teams repairing water facilities in the enclave.

The Talbiseh enclave is the last major rebel stronghold in government-held central Syria and has been under siege since 2012. In April, a 35-truck aid convoy entered the area.

The convoy is the latest in a number to have crossed government lines since the expiry of a June 1 deadline set by the United States, Russia - an ally of the Syrian government - and other countries for the facilitation of deliveries to besieged areas.

Last update: Tue, 26/07/2016 - 18:49

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