Russia Sends Wheat to Syria as Aid


A shipment of 31,500 tons of wheat from Russia has reportedly arrived Sunday in Tartous, Syria''s southern port city, as aid to the Syrian people that have being facing terrorism and harsh sanctions imposed by Western countries.

Director of the General Establishment for Grain Trade and Manufacture Majed Hmaidan told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that this shipment is the second batch of Russian aid as a ship loaded with 17,300 tons of wheat arrived in Tartous early this month.

Hmaidan pointed out that the total amount of the soft wheat provided by the Russian government to the Syrian people has reached 48,893 tons so far.

Early this month, batches of diverse aid provided by Russia have been distributed to a number of families in the provinces of Aleppo, Lattakia and Quneitra during the past 24 hours.

According to the Hmeimim-based Russian Coordination Center said that it distributed 8.26 tons of aid to 2,820 persons in Aleppo city, Keirsan town in Lattakia and Jabaa village in Qunietra, adding that the aid included food stuff, school requirements and toys for children.

The Center added that Russian jets dropped aid by parachutes over the areas besieged by ISIS in Deir Ezzor city, noting that the aid was provided by the Syrian government and the UN.

It was learnt Saturday that nearly 3,000 families started to return to their homes in al-Ziabiyeh town in Damascus Province within the framework of the third stage of the project launched by the State Ministry for National Reconciliation Affairs.

They are returning after the completion of needed rehabilitation works to repair what has been destroyed by the war of terrorism imposed on Syria and secure the citizens' basic living requirements.

SANA reported that around 15,000 people have returned in the first and second stages, pointing out that 70% of electricity network has been repaired, 4 schools have been rehabilitated and 9 water wells have been put into service in addition to opening a health center which provides free treatment.


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