EAST GHOUTA, Syria – An international aid convoy successfully delivered 247 tonnes of food and medicine to the embattled Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday.
Spokesperson for the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic Vladimir Zolotuhin described the operation as “successful” and said, “all vehicles of the humanitarian convoy returned to the checkpoint.”
He confirmed that 13 civilians were evacuated including five children.
Zolotuhin said that the convoy was held by militants “for two hours at the border of the Duma settlement.”
He also criticised the militants for refusing to negotiate and said “The militants use civilians as human shields.” Taufik Adas, a Red Crescent squad leader, mentioned that there were “no attacks” in the area where the trucks were unloaded.
“Around that area, far away, we heard gunfire,” he added.