(14 Sep 2017) Russian Defence Ministry officials took an Associated Press crew on an arranged trip to Homs in Syria on Wednesday to show them the situation in the province.
A truce between Syrian government forces and the Free Syria Army went into effect in northern parts of the province in early August.
Russian military police have set up a checkpoint and observation post near Homs.
Those living on both sides of what was up to recently the frontline appeared to be keen to seek help.
Khaled Jidan made the journey from his hometown of Dar al-Kabira to take his four-year-old daughter, Mariam to a field hospital run by Russia.
There are still no water or electricity supplies in Dar al-Kabira and he told the Associated Press that residents had to rely on water deliveries.
Many people were at the checkpoint to receive humanitarian aid.
Russian military police and Syrian troops handed out white plastic bags filled with food to locals who huddled around the trucks.
Russian army colonel Alexander Sazonov told reporters that Russia delivered 10 tons of food to the checkpoint every week and also offered medical help.
Moscow intervened in Syria two years ago to help President Bassar Assad, its longtime ally.
On Tuesday, the Russia military said Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the country’s territory from militants.
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