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Humanitarian aid delivered to Aleppo for 65 families of Russian origin

May 13, 2016, 7:35 UTC+3 ALEPPO (Syria)

The Russian-speaking residents of Aleppo received meals ready to eat, canned fish and meat, sugar, flour, tea and cereals

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ALEPPO (Syria), May 13. /TASS/. The Russian military has brought to Syria’s Aleppo humanitarian aid for 65 families of Russian origin, representative of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria Colonel Yuri Volodchenko has told reporters.

The Russian-speaking residents of Aleppo received meals ready to eat, canned fish and meat, sugar, flour, tea and cereals. For children the Russian military prepared sweet gifts - waffles, biscuits and candy. The event was held in the building of the Russian Consulate, which stopped its work in 2013.

"Today representatives of the Center for reconciliation of the warring parties delivered from Hmeimim to Aleppo another batch of humanitarian aid for Syrian citizens of Russian origin. We give this assistance to people who desperately need it," Volodchenko said.

He noted that Russia’s humanitarian support was much-needed there. Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, many people have lost not only their jobs but also their shelters, and gunmen continue to shell the city despite the current ceasefire.

"We talk, learn their problems and try to help them. According to our compatriots, the mere presence… of the Reconciliation center is like salvation for them. They feel more confident," Volodchenko added.

Tamara Varganova, a resident of Aleppo, thanked the representatives of the Reconciliation center for the humanitarian aid and noted that the Syrian authorities are too trying to ensure human life support in the part of the city controlled by them and help the locals. However, the population of Aleppo continues to suffer from fire attacks from Jabhat al-Nusra militants. "It is terrible - my husband was killed, the bomb hit the building, my cousin was killed in the old neighborhoods where a house was hit. We can do nothing - war is war," Varganova said.

According to Mahmoud Shahrur, caretaker of the consulate building, the adjacent area and maintenance buildings are shelled by terrorists now and then, but the main building is practically not damaged.

"Thank God, so far no one was killed or injured in the fire attacks, and we have been able to repair the damaged buildings," he said.

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