Aid convoy enters besieged Syrian enclave


An aid convoy has entered the besieged, rebel-held Syrian enclave in eastern Ghouta, two weeks into a renewed regime offensive that has killed more than 700 civilians. Despite being allowed to deliver food for about 27,000 of the 400,000 people trapped in the enclave, humanitarian officials said the Syrian military had refused to allow the loading of critically needed medical aid. A desperate shortage of supplies meant that the wounded have been dying from treatable injuries and illnesses, aid organisations said. The convoy of 46 trucks, sent by the International Committee for the Red Cross, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations, started to cross a final Syrian army checkpoint at al-Wafideen on Monday morning.“Feels like racing with time,” tweeted Pawel Krzysiek, the head of communications for the ICRC in Syria.(theguardian)…[+]