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UN plans to deliver aid to 154,000 Syrians in besieged areas soon

February 29, 8:27 UTC+3 GENEVA
According to the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, the truce supported by Russia and the US is a good opportunity for the Syrian people to achieve long-term peace and stability
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© Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry's press service/TASS Archive

GENEVA, February 29. /TASS/. Aid to 154,000 Syrians living in besieged regions will be delivered within the next five days, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Arab Republic Yacoub El Hillo’s communique distributed Sunday evening said.

Hillo said the truce supported by Russia and the United States is a good opportunity for the Syrian people to achieve long-term peace and stability.

A joint statement of Russia and the United States, circulated February 22 evening, said the ceasefire regime in Syria would take effect February 27 at 00:00 Damascus Time.

The statement underscored that the truce terms cover all parties to the conflict excluding the terrorist groups Daesh (Arab name of Islamic State) and Jabhat al-Nusra (both are banned in Russia), as well as other terrorist organizations recognized as such by the United Nations Security Council.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the reached agreement. He also said UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura is ready to support the implementation of the agreement.

According to UN statistics, fighting between Syrian government troops and militants has killed over 220,000 people and displaced millions since its start in 2011. Gangs of militants making part of various armed formations, the most active of them being the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, fight government troops.

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.

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