Iran sends two more consignments of relief aid to Syria’s Aleppo
The Islamic Republic of Iran has dispatched two more consignments of humanitarian aid to people in Syria’s recently-liberated northwestern city of Aleppo.
President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Amir Mohsen Ziaee told the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) News Agency that the body had sent 70 tonnes of relief aid to Aleppo over the last week after the city was fully liberated from foreign-backed militants.
He added that the shipment included food, tents and medicine.
The IRCS said Iran had previously dispatched three consignments of humanitarian aid to Aleppo.
Earlier in December, Iran dispatched its third consignment of relief aid, including 150,000 food cans, to Aleppo.
Two consignments of relief aid, weighing about 80 tonnes, had already been sent to the crisis-hit city in late November. They included tents, blankets and oil heaters.
The Syrian military announced on December 22 that it had attained full control of the strategic city of Aleppo, having completely cleansed its eastern side of militants for the first time since 2012.
The victory came about despite military support for the militants by the United States, Turkey, and some Arab countries in the Persian Gulf region.
In an annual conference on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the evacuations in Aleppo would not have been possible without the help of his country, Iran, and Turkey and the goodwill of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian and Turkish counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, respectively, held a meeting in Moscow on December 20 and discussed the latest developments in Syria, particularly those concerning Aleppo.