Egyptian Embassy in Damascus delivers aid to Syrian town of Douma

Ahmed Abbas
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Egyptian Embassy in Damascus facilitated the delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged Syrians near Al-Ghouta

Egypt is the first state to deliver aid to this area, they added in an official statement on Friday.

The Egyptian Embassy cooperated with the Syrian Red Crescent to deliver aid to the town of Douma on Friday, the chargé d’affaires Mohammed Selim said.

This is the first humanitarian aid that Egypt has managed to deliver “but it won’t be the last”, said Selim.

Meanwhile, the UN managed to deliver more humanitarian aid to the town of Daraya after the Syrian regime granted them permission.

Food and other humanitarian aid were delivered to 2,400 people, according to Jens Laerke, spokesperson of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

“They managed to get through all the checkpoints to arrive there, deliver overnight, restock what needed to be stocked, and provide food to people inside Daraya for the first time in years,” Laerke said.

UN nvoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said the Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad granted UN convoys permission to deliver more aid.

This is the first time since 2012 that aid has been delivered to these locations near Al-Ghouta.

Several Syrian locations are suffering from a deteriorating humanitarian situation due to the five-year civil war.

The Syrian army is still fighting Islamic State (IS) near Al-Raqqah. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian army breached IS’s stronghold in Al-Raqqah province last week following a large-scale attack with support from Russia.

The Syrian army’s attack reached the administrative borders of Al-Raqqah after the Russian air force bombarded locations seized by the terrorist group.


The Syrian army is now attempting to move towards the Euphrates River and the Al-Raqqah- Aleppo Road in order to corner IS militants in Aleppo from three vantage points, according to the Syrian observatory.


Twenty-six IS members were killed during operations, according to reports.


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Ahmed Abbas is a journalist at DNE’s politics section. He previously worked as Egypt based reporter for, and interned as a broadcast journalist at Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. Abbas is a fellow of Salzburg Academy of Media and Global Change. He holds a Master’s Degree of Journalism and New Media from Jordan Media Institute. He was awarded by the ICFJ for best public service reporting in 2013, and by the German foreign office for best feature in 2014.
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