accessibility & help

Syria: Red Cross aid reaches five besieged areas

Please make a donation to the Syria Crisis Appeal

Donate byCard

19 February 2016

SARC trucks in a convoy to deliver humanitarian aid to besieged cities

British Red Cross partner the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) has delivered essential food and medicines to people in five besieged areas.

In co-operation with the UN, a convoy of 115 trucks loaded with medicines, food parcels, flour, dates, biscuits and peanut butter travelled to the hard-to-reach areas this week.

Medical staff accompanied them in two mobile clinics to provide vital health services.

Ted Tuthill from the British Red Cross said: "Humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach those who need it most. The Red Cross continues to work with both sides to negotiate access and ensure aid gets where it needs to go."

This is the third recent delivery of humanitarian aid by SARC to the besieged towns of Madaya, Kefraya and Foua. The delivery also reached the towns of Zabadani, near the Lebanese border, and Moadamiya, near Damascus.

The mobile health units have been helping people in these areas, including Madaya, on an almost daily basis in recent weeks. People with urgent medical problems have been evacuated to hospital.

Dr Abdulrahman Attar, president of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, said: "SARC’s team are prepared to carry out their humanitarian role and to deliver relief aid to affected people all over Syria."

The British Red Cross will continue to support SARC’s efforts through our Syria Crisis Appeal.


Latest news

Red Cross launches emergency search and rescue appeal

Red Cross staff and volunteers receive honours

The Red Cross is ready to start providing humanitarian aid to people expected to flee their homes in the wake of fighting in Mosul, which started this morning.

Sign up for emails

Enter your email address below to receive the latest Red Cross news