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40 aid trucks reach entrance of Syria's Deir al-Zour

A convoy of 40 truckloads of aid reached the entrance of Syria's eastern city of Deir al-Zour on Thursday, just a couple of days after the Russian-backed Syrian army lifted the Islamic State (IS) three-year siege on Deir al-Zour, local media reported.

The aid includes food, fuel, medicines and basic necessities provided to around 93,000 civilians in the city, said pro-government Sham FM radio.

A day earlier, the Syrian Health Ministry said it had sent nine tons of medical supplies to the city.

A well-informed source told Xinhua that the aid convoy came from the northern city of Aleppo through the recently-taken city of Rasafah in the southwestern countryside of Raqqa province.

During the IS siege, the government and the United Nations carried out expensive airdrops of food and aid to the besieged people.

Deir al-Zour is the last major stronghold of IS, as the terror-designated group is also losing its de facto capital of Raqqa to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which has captured more than 60 percent of Raqqa.

[Source: Xinhua, Damascus, 07Sep17]

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