Russia delivers new shipment of humanitarian aid to Syria
December 4, 2013
An Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft belonging to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has delivered 25 tonnes of food to Latakia for Syrian civilians suffering from the internal armed conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Another Russian humanitarian operation has been carried out with relevant security measures provided by the Syrian authorities," it said...
"Russia will continue providing the necessary humanitarian aid to the friendly Syrian people both through special international organizations and in a bilateral format and will also provide assistance to Russian citizens permanently living in Syria and wishing to temporarily leave the country for security reasons," the statement reads.
Russia delivers humanitarian cargo to Syria's Latakia
Russia delivered another humanitarian consignment to Syria's Latakia on Tuesday, head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's international activity department Alexander Tomashov said.
An Il-76 cargo plane with 25 tonnes of food onboard landed at Bassel al-Assad International Airport, where the Russian Emergencies Ministry's team was met by Latakia governor Ahmed Sheikh Abdul Qadir.
"This humanitarian cargo from Russia proves once again that Syria is not alone in its war on terror," the governor said. "With the support of its friends the Syrian people will be able to win this battle."
In 2013, the Russian Emergencies Ministry sent over 200 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Syria and neighboring Lebanon and Jordan. Another 70 tonnes were intended for Palestinian refugees in Syria. The humanitarian consignment consisted of tents, electric generators, dishware, camp furniture, blankets, food and baby food.
The ministry's planes brought around 900 citizens of Russia and the CIS back to their homeland.
Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS