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Syria’s Air Force, backed by Russian fighters, delivers humanitarian cargo to Deir ez-Zor

March 28, 6:40 updated at: March 28, 7:24 UTC+3
The cargo delivery was carried out from Hmeimim airfield by an Il-76 military transport aircraft of the Syrian Air Force escorted by Russian Su-30 and Su-35 fighters
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HMEIMIM (Syria), March 28. /TASS/. Syria’s Air Force, supported by Russian Su-30 and Su-35 fighters, has delivered 30 metric tons of humanitarian cargoes to the city of Deir ez-Zor, besieged by militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria reported.

"On March 27, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in the Syrian Arab Republic organized an airlift and airdrop of a humanitarian cargo of the International Red Crescent to ISIL militants-besieged city of Deir ez-Zor," a spokesman for the center told journalists.

He added that the cargo delivery was carried out from Hmeimim airfield by an Il-76 military transport aircraft of the Syrian Air Force escorted by Russian Su-30 and Su-35 fighters.

Some 200,000 residents of IS terrorists-surrounded Deir ez-Zor currently urgently need foodstuffs, drugs, fuel and other prime necessity goods.

"Four parachute platforms with 30 tons of humanitarian aid of the international humanitarian movement Red Crescent were airdropped above the Deir ez-Zor areas blocked by terrorists," the spokesman said.

He underscored that international humanitarian organizations have been unsuccessfully trying for a few months to organize humanitarian aid deliveries to the besieged city, and that this delivery of the International Red Crescent cargo to Deir ez-Zor became possible with assistance of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria.

The ceasefire regime took effect in Syria on February 27. An hour before, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution supporting a cessation of hostilities. The document drafted by Russia and the United States was backed by all 15 Security Council member states.

The ceasefire regime does not cover the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations as well as other groups ruled terrorist by the Security Council.

The United Nations has noted that the ceasefire regime, despite separate cases of violations, has been observed on the whole and has led to a considerable reduction of the level of violence in Syria.

Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, which are banned in Russia, on September 30, 2015, on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On March 14, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to start, from March 15, withdrawing the main part of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ group from Syria. Putin said the tasks set before the military "have been fulfilled on the whole." Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said strikes on terrorists will continue to be delivered.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said March 25 that at least 255,000 people have been killed in Syria during the war. Ban called for the soonest possible termination of the conflict and noted the role Russia and the United States play in efforts on peace settlement.

He said 4 million Syrians have become refugees and another 12 million people inside of the country need humanitarian assistance. Ban added that most part of Syria lies in ruins - over 50% of infrastructure has been destroyed.

The UN chief said the war should be stopped as soon as possible, which demands political will of the leaders and decision on the part of Syrians.

On March 24, the first round of indirect intra-Syrian talks ended in Geneva. Their participants - a delegation of the Syrian government and a delegation of the opposition - did not meet each other but communicated through special envoy of the UN secretary general on Syria Staffan de Mistura.

Discussions are due to resume in the first half of April.

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