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2ND LEAD Twelve humanitarian trucks enter besieged Syrian towns by weedah Hamzah, dpa

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2ND LEAD Twelve humanitarian trucks enter besieged Syrian towns by weedah Hamzah, dpa

Beirut (dpa) – Twelve trucks of humanitarian supplies, the second in a week, entered three besieged Syrian towns Thursday, a member of a relief committee in one of the areas told dpa.

“Six of the 44 trucks which are carrying mainly winter clothes,” entered the rebel-held town of Madaya near the capital Damascus, Mazen Burhan told dpa by Skype.

Burhan stressed that the people of Madaya are waiting “anxiously” for the rest of the trucks to enter as they are carrying flour.

“People are standing in the streets waiting more than anything for the flour supply to make bread,” Burhan said.

At the same time, six trucks out of 17 entered the government-controlled towns of Foua and Kefraya in north-western Syria, a UN source said.

Earlier Pawl Krzysiek,a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told dpa that the aid would be delivered simultaneously to the three towns in a joint operation conducted by the UN agencies, the ICRC and the Syrian Red Crescent.

A nutritionist is accompanying the Madaya-bound convoy in order to assess the situation inside the town, which has been under siege by Syrian government forces and fighters from the allied Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

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