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Syria: First Russian humanitarian aid train departs Tartus for Jableh01:39

Syria: First Russian humanitarian aid train departs Tartus for Jableh

Syrian Arab Republic, Tartus
November 14, 2016 at 08:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

A train carrying nearly 27 tons of Russian humanitarian aid departed the port city of Tartus on Monday, becoming the first to use a newly restored segment of railway line.

After goods were brought to Tartus via ship, soldiers loaded train carriages with medicine and food including flour, canned goods, rice and sugar, before the train made its way to Jableh in Latakia Governorate on the 65 km (40 miles) restored railroad. Upon its arrival in the city humanitarian aid will be distributed to those in need.

The conflict in Syria has led to a severe humanitarian crisis in the country, where 6.1 million people have been internally displaced and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian aid, according to UN figures. As the fifth winter of conflict approaches, Jan Egeland, special advisor to the UN special envoy for Syria, called for immediate action to save civilians, saying there is no doubt in his mind "it will be the worst [winter] in this cruel war."

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A train carrying nearly 27 tons of Russian humanitarian aid departed the port city of Tartus on Monday, becoming the first to use a newly restored segment of railway line.

After goods were brought to Tartus via ship, soldiers loaded train carriages with medicine and food including flour, canned goods, rice and sugar, before the train made its way to Jableh in Latakia Governorate on the 65 km (40 miles) restored railroad. Upon its arrival in the city humanitarian aid will be distributed to those in need.

The conflict in Syria has led to a severe humanitarian crisis in the country, where 6.1 million people have been internally displaced and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian aid, according to UN figures. As the fifth winter of conflict approaches, Jan Egeland, special advisor to the UN special envoy for Syria, called for immediate action to save civilians, saying there is no doubt in his mind "it will be the worst [winter] in this cruel war."

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