Russia urges UN to ramp up aid to Syrians

Source:AFP Published: 2017/9/11 23:23:40

Russia on Monday urged UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to ramp up humanitarian aid, as Moscow said it would dispatch demining experts to the city of Deir Ezzor after regime gains.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu sent a letter to De Mistura in which he stressed the need for more humanitarian assistance in Syria in areas freed from "terrorists."

"The document notes that government troops freed from terrorists are a significant part of Syria with the help of Russia," the defense ministry said. "Conditions have been created for the revival of peaceful life."

Shoigu singled out a "complicated situation" in refugee camps located in the border town of Al-Tanf and Uqayribat, the ministry said, adding that Syrians need over 1,000 tons of food and 80 tons of medical supplies.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears to be winning a 6-year-long war against rebels and Islamic State (IS) militants as his army now controls the country's main cities.

Over the past week, Syrian troops have made major advances in the east of the country, relieving two government-held enclaves in and around the city of Deir Ezzor that had been under siege by IS since 2014.




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