MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. An Il-76 cargo aircraft of the Russian Emergencies Ministry has delivered humanitarian aid to Syria, the ministry's press service said on Thursday.
"The Il-76 carrying 20.5 tons of humanitarian cargo has landed at the airport of Latakia," the press service added.
The return flight from Latakia will take to Moscow some 50 Russian and CIS nationals who decided to leave the conflict zone.
The humanitarian operation will help ease tensions among Syria's population and refugees, the press service added.
Russia has delivered some 530 tons of humanitarian cargo to conflict-hit Syria over the past years.
More than 1,100 nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other CIS and European countries were evacuated by the Emergencies Ministry from the conflict zone.