Aid reaches Kobane displaced for first time in 12 months

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A truck carrying food from the UN Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme. UN Photo/Mark Garten

For the first time in a year, children displaced by fierce fighting in Kobane, a town in northern Syria, are receiving aid, UNICEF said on Tuesday.

The town which shares a border with Turkey is also referred to as Ain Al Arab.

Five food aid trucks left the Government-controlled Aleppo city on Sunday and reached the suburb of Afrin, which is under Kurdish control.

An estimated 1,000 families from Kobane are sheltering in the town.

UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac called it a "breakthrough"

"It is a small but significant breakthrough in our efforts to reach children who have been the hardest to reach due to  the conflict and who have endured terrible suffering. Hopefully we will see more progress like this elsewhere in Syria over the coming weeks. Prior to the battle for control of Ain Al Arab, the city did not receive any assistance for at least 12 months."  (27″)

Later in the week, UNICEF is expected to join a similar UN convoy to take more relief supplies to Afrin and other towns in Northwestern Syria.

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