Aid arrives at besieged rebel-held Syrian suburb

Aid arrives at besieged rebel-held Syrian suburb
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A 23-lorry convoy has delivered humanitarian aid to a Damascus suburb besieged by government forces, as the UN resumes its aid deliveries to Syria's opposition areas.

Local media activist Wassim al-Ahmad said the trucks arriving in Moadamiyeh carried medical and food supplies from various UN agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, which supervised the delivery, said the convoy covers the needs of 7,000 families, and another convoy to support 5,000 more will soon follow.

The government said 35,000 people live in the suburb.

The UN suspended all convoys to besieged and hard-to-reach areas on Tuesday after a suspected Russian or government air strike razed a Red Crescent warehouse and convoy in opposition territory in the country's north.

Earlier, a top Russian diplomat hit back at the US Secretary of State's proposal that flights be banned over some parts of Syria.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state-run Tass news agency: "To my mind, this scheme will not work, at least until the United States and other actors engaged in this process make sure that entities that see war as the only way to resolve the problem stop using force."

Secretary of State John Kerry has called for all warplanes to halt flights over aid routes in Syria.

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