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Syria: ICRC delivers emergency relief in Barzeh

27-02-2014 News Release

The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent jointly delivered emergency relief to over 4,000 families in Barzeh, north of Damascus, over the last two days. The 19-truck humanitarian convoy was the first to enter the district since a truce was brokered there earlier this month.

"The convoy arrived in Barzeh yesterday and delivered medical, food and other items, including kitchen sets, blankets and mattresses, throughout the day to local committees," said Daphnée Maret, the deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Syria, who oversaw the operation. "ICRC economic security and health specialists had assessed the humanitarian situation in Barzeh last week. This is significant, as it paved the way for the impartial delivery of assistance, including medical relief, in an area directly affected by fighting."

Local committees and local health personnel will start to distribute the aid provided by the ICRC at several easily accessible distribution points in the district today.

For further information, please contact:
Simon Schorno, ICRC Damascus, tel: +963 993 700 847
Dibeh Fakhr, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 37 23 or +41 79 447 37 26