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Russian military distribute 3,000 tonnes of food to villagers in Homs province

May 26, 2016, 11:52 UTC+3 AL-QABU /Syria/ May, 26. /TASS
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AL-QABU /Syria/, May 26. /TASS/. The center for the reconciliation of warring parties in Syria has distributed about 3,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid among the residents of the Al-Qabu village, in the Homs province, on Thursday. Besides, Russian military medics have deployed a mobile center there to offer assistance to all who need it, the center’s spokesman has told TASS.

"We’ve handed out about 3,000 tonnes of foods to local people in Al-Qabu, who really need support. Especially for children we brought various sweets - candies and cookies," the center’s official said. The food parcels distributed in Al-Qabu contained canned fish and meat, flour and cereals," he said.

The village’s elder, Mouhammad Ramadan, thanked Russia for supporting the Syrian people in the struggle against international terrorism for humanitarian assistance. He also said that a large share of arable land belonging to local farmers has been under the control of Jabhat al-Nusra militants for the past five years (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia).

"We do not use 75% of our land east of the community, because this is a high risk zone. It often comes under fire and raids by militants are frequent," Ramadan said.

According to the elder, the local civilians since the beginning of hostilities have no contact with the neighboring city of El-Kula, with a population of about 80,000, and the villages around it. The whole area is in the hands of Jabhat al-Nusra militants.

"Since the war began the militants have killed many of our people. Currently there are no contacts between our community and these villages. The city and the communities around have been in the militants’ hands for five years now," Ramadan said.

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