First aid in two years reaches besieged Syrian locality

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A Syrian mother and child. (UNHCR – video capture)

A besieged locality in Rural Damascus in Syria has been reached with aid supplies for the first time in nearly two years.

UN agencies and partners from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reached Madamiyet Elsham on Monday and delivered food, household items, and hygiene supplies for about 5,000 people.

It's hoped that this will be the first of four days of deliveries, which would benefit a total of 20,000 people.

The fighting in Syria between the government and opposition forces began in March 2011.

The UN says almost 11 million people inside the country are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the ongoing conflict.

Farhan Haq is a Spokesperson for the UN.

"Aid workers observed that the large crowds were welcoming them and also noticed that there was no electrical power; people had been chopping down trees for firewood."  (8″)

Two mobile clinics also went in to Madamiyet Elsham and provided medical services to local people until supplies ran out.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1’07″

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