News release

Syria: Crossing front lines to deliver aid in three governorates

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has successfully delivered much-needed emergency relief aid across front lines in three Syrian governorates.

On 25 September, ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent personnel entered Moadamiya, a Damascus suburb, where they met with officials and delivered chronic disease medicine for over 5,000 patients. "This was the first time that such an operation had taken place in this area since the beginning of the conflict," explained Boris Michel, head of the ICRC delegation in Syria.

Between 23 and 29 September, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent also provided over 80,000 people in government- and opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo governorate with food and basic aid. With the support of all parties to the conflict, food was delivered to over 23,000 people in Jisr Al Hajj, in the opposition-controlled part of Aleppo, and emergency relief to over 60,000 people in the government-controlled part of Al Shahbaa and Sfireh. These areas continue to witness an influx of people displaced by ongoing fighting in rural Aleppo.

The ICRC also provided 10,000 school kits containing notebooks, pens and geometry sets for children in the opposition-controlled area of Al Houleh, in Homs governorate.

For further information, please contact:
Ralph El Hage, ICRC Damascus, tel: +963 930 336 718
Sitara Jabeen, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 78 or +41 79 536 92 31