UN aid trucks cross into Syria through Turkey - state media

2016-09-13 22:01
Syrian merchants display food at a market in an opposition-held district in Aleppo. (Thaer Mohammed, AFP)

Syrian merchants display food at a market in an opposition-held district in Aleppo. (Thaer Mohammed, AFP)

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Istanbul - Twenty aid trucks on Tuesday crossed the Turkish border and headed toward the divided Syrian city of Aleppo after a ceasefire went into effect, state media said, although the UN could not confirm the report.

The trucks carrying UN humanitarian supplies crossed into Aleppo province through the Cilvegozu border gate in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, Anadolu news agency said, citing security sources.

Aleppo city lies 60km from the frontier.

At least 40 trucks are expected to cross the border by the end of the day, Anadolu said.

No confirmation could be immediately obtained from United Nations officials in Turkey.

Turkey has said it was already making preparations to deliver humanitarian aid to Aleppo, where around 250 000 people in the rebel-held east are under government siege.

A spokesperson for the Turkish Red Crescent said the aid group would start sending trucks to Aleppo from Wednesday, in coordination with the UN.

Mustafa Ozbek from Turkey's Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH) said the charity had begun dispatching meat to several parts of Syria including the northern city of Idlib, to mark the Muslim feast of Eid Al-Adha.

"Some 400 000 Syrians will benefit from it," he said.

He could not confirm if the aid also reached Aleppo province, a key flashpoint in the brutal war.

The Syrian regime on Tuesday warned that all aid going to Aleppo, particularly assistance sent by Turkey, must be coordinated with Damascus and the UN.

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