Russia declares humanitarian front in Syria

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by MEE and agencies, January 15, 2016

Russian forces are supplying humanitarian assistance to civilian areas in eastern Syria following months of intensive bombing in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian general announced.

“The inhabitants are gradually coming back to Syrian cities and peaceful life is returning,” General Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian General Staff official, told reporters on Friday. “In this context, the implementation of humanitarian operations will be a new line of work for the Russian armed forces in Syria.”

Rudskoi said that most of the aid is being sent to the city of Deir Ezzor, and credited the return of “normal life” to Russia’s campaign against IS. The Deir Ezzor district is one of the few Syrian government strongholds in eastern Syria.

Supply routes to the city of 100,000 were cut off by Islamic State when the militants seized Palmyra in May 2015, with the only…

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