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Syrian armed groups rob 3 trucks delivering relief aid

English.news.cn   2012-11-14 18:51:53            

DAMASCUS, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Armed groups robbed on Wednesday three trucks delivering relief aid to Syria's northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, the state-run SANA news agency reported.

The trucks belong to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and has been loaded with 15 tons of foodstuffs, medical supplies and other humanitarian aid, the report said.

The armed groups cut off the trucks on the Damascus-Aleppo highway near the northern town of Ma'art al-Numan, the report said.

Quoting the head of SARC in Idlib, Mamoun Kharbout, SANA said the armed men assaulted the drivers of trucks and took the freights to unknown destination.

An official in the World Food Program (WFP) in Syria, Muhannad Hadi, told Xinhua that the WFP activities in Syria are facing challenges due to the security situation and the military showdown currently underway in several hotspots nationwide.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday said the delivery of basic supplies to displaced families in Syria has become extremely difficult because of the insecurity on the ground.

The agency's statistics showed that the total number of internally-displaced Syrians stands at 2.5 million and those registered in surrounding countries exceeds 400,000.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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