Several humanitarian aid convoys entered today at the years-long besieged towns of Fouaa and Kefraya in the northeast of Idlib province; whilst concurrently similar aid convoys headed for to Madaya in the northwest of Damascus.
The relief convoys, loaded primarily with food, medicines, and basic supplies, were set to their destinations in accordance with a deal agreed upon by Syrian government, the only UN, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent “SARC” and the International Committee of the Red Cross “ICRC”.
Sources confirmed that 17 trucks headed on Thursday morning to Fouaa and Kefraya from Hama, while at the same time 50 trucks left Damascus westerly to Madaya.
Last Monday, 65 trucks in total entered the besieged towns under the same deal.
Fouaa and Kefraya, two Shiite villages in the northeaster countryside of Idlib, have been under siege by Turkish-backed Jaysh al-Fateh (Army of Conquest), led by Jabhat al-Nusra.
Local activists confirmed numerous deaths in the two pro-government town due to lack of medical supplies; most recently is a 16 month-old baby girl who died just yesterday.
On the other end, the mountainous town of Madaya has served as a controversial topic for media outlets worldwide after pro-rebel activists posted photos of skinny men, purportedly of locals in a starving town.
The town, once a hotbed of the no longer existing Free Syria Army, is now ruled by Islamist rebels, most notably the hardline Ahrar al-Sham.
Testimonies have been recently released from inside Madaya accusing the insurgents of manipulating the humanitarian crisis and monopolizing the aid previously entered to the town.