Syria: First Batch of Essential Aid Reaches People Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

 Syrian Arab Red Crescent Volunteers rush to provide medical aid on 22 February 2018 in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. ©EPA/Mohammed Badra

Syrian Arab Red Crescent Volunteers rush to provide medical aid on 22 February 2018 in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. ©EPA/Mohammed Badra

In recent weeks, the situation for the tens of thousands of people living in Eastern Ghouta has reached a breaking point. 

Following a spike in hostilities in November, families have been living under near-constant shelling. Many have resorted to hiding in shelters underground in a desperate attempt to stay alive - with little food to sustain them.

Today's joint 46-truck convoy with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations will hopefully provide some relief. Aid includes food parcels, flour, and medical supplies for 27,500 people.

Read more about the situation in Eastern Ghouta on ICRC's website