Armenia: Russian planes deliver humanitarian aid to Syria



Footage emerged on Tuesday of two Russian airplanes being loaded with humanitarian aid that will be delivered from Yerevan to Syria.

On the instructions of Armenian President Serj Sargsyan, approximately 40 tonnes of food, clothing and other essentials are to be transported to those affected by the conflict in Syria.

Russian transport was used as they have the necessary infrastructure to both deliver and issue humanitarian assistance.

It is the second time that Armenia has sent aid to Syria following a delivery in autumn 2016.

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Humanitarian Ship Intercepted by Libyan Coast Guard



VOA’s Esther Githui-Ewart reports that a Libyan coast guard vessel fired warning shots at a humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean on Tuesday. They then boarded and demanded the 70 migrants who had just been rescued from a wooden boat needed to be handed over to them.

Russian troops deliver humanitarian aid in Syria



(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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Syria: First humanitarian aid convoy reaches Deir ez-Zor



A convoy comprising 40 trucks carrying humanitarian aid from the Syrian government arrived in Deir ez-Zor, Thursday, two days after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) lifted a three-year-long siege by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) of the government-held enclave.

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Syria: First humanitarian aid convoy reaches Deir ez-Zor *EXCLUSIVE*



A convoy comprising 40 trucks carrying humanitarian aid from the Syrian government arrived in Deir ez-Zor, Thursday, two days after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) lifted a three-year-long siege by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) of the government-held enclave.

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Humanitarian Crisis: No water, power, comms in Lugansk, E. Ukraine



The eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk has declared a state of humanitarian catastrophe over a lack of medical supplies, electricity, lighting, mobile and internet communication. Some 250,000 civilians are unable to leave, the statement also says. READ MORE

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Refugees rescued off Libya’s coast by humanitarian aid ships



Coming from sub-Saharan Africa and Bangladesh, men, women and children were also helped by Italian Coast Guard. Around 65,000 people have attempted the dangerous crossing to Italy in the last year.

WRAP Israel agrees to “humanitarian corridor”, smoke, rocket ADDS troops, tanks



(7 Jan 2009) SHOTLIST
Northern outskirts of Gaza City, Gaza Strip
1. Wide of plumes of smoke rising over buildings
2. Rocket fire, pan left
3. Plumes of black smoke rising over buildings after rocket fire
Northern outskirts of Gaza City, Gaza Strip
4. Pan right of outskirts of Gaza City after rocket fire, with plumes of black smoke rising over area UPSOUND: gunfire and explosions
Opposite Jebaliya, northern Gaza Strip, filmed from the Israeli side of the Gaza-Israeli border
5. Israeli tank moving along border opposite Jebaliya
6. Mid of Israeli solider in tank, pan to tank on the move
7. Various of Israeli troops on the move in armoured vehicles
8. Israeli soldiers disembarking tank
9. Various of Israeli soldiers by tank sitting stationary
10. SOUNDBITE: (Hebrew) Israeli soldier, name not available:
(Question: What do you think about Hamas?)
“With God’s help, they will all disappear.”
11. Mid of Israeli troops by tank in field
12. SOUNDBITE: (Hebrew) Israeli troop, name not available:
“We are the strongest army in the world. With God’s help, none of them (Hamas) will remain.”
Opposite Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, filmed on Israeli side of the border with Gaza
13. Various of Israeli tanks in muddy fields
14. Wide of Israeli soldiers standing on top of tank in muddy field
15. Wide of Israeli tanks in mud
Opposite Shagayiah, Gaza Strip, filmed on Israeli side of the Gaza-Israel border
16. Wide of Israeli tank moving past stationary Israeli tanks along border
17. Wide of Israeli tanks in field
Jerusalem
18. Setup of Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev on his mobile phone
19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mark Regev, Israeli government spokesperson:
” The idea of the humanitarian corridors is to met the needs of the people of the Gaza Strip, the civilian population. We have got a situation where the crossings have been opened and food stuffs and medicines have been entering Gaza, but because of the difficult combat situation there has been a problem with distribution. I think the idea of the corridors is to allow for a flow of both food stuffs and medicines inside the Gaza Strip so they will reach the people that we want them to reach.”
20. Regev walking away
STORYLINE:
Israel agreed to a “humanitarian corridor” idea promoted by the United Nations Security Council, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office said on Wednesday.
Under the plan, Israel would hold its fire on specific parts of Gaza to allow people to get supplies, according to a statement released early on Wednesday.
It said the goal was to “prevent a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip”.
Israel insists it has allowed enough supplies into the territory during 11 days of conflict, but the UN says there is already a humanitarian crisis there because of shortages of food, fuel and medicine.
Speaking from Jerusalem, government spokesman Mark Regev said that aid has entered Gaza but due to the combat situation it has been difficult to distribute it to the civilian population.
Israel launched the attacks on December 27 in order, it said, to stop Palestinian militants from firing rockets into southern Israel.
Israel’s troops and tanks pushed into Gaza after a week of intensive bombardment from warplanes in an offensive that has killed nearly 600 Palestinians, around half of them civilians, according to the United Nations and Palestinian officials.
In one of the deadliest attacks of the campaign, Israeli mortar shells on Tuesday, exploded near a UN school sheltering hundreds of people displaced by the onslaught on Hamas.
At least 30 Palestinians died, staining streets with blood.
So far, Israel has resisted international calls for an immediate cease-fire.

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WRAP Israel agrees to “humanitarian corridor”, smoke, rocket, troops, tanks ADDS aid



(7 Jan 2009) STORYLINE:
Israeli tanks, infantry and aircraft hammered dozens of purported Hamas targets overnight on Wednesday as Israel’s leaders discussed whether to expand
the 12-day operation meant to stop rocket fire into Israel.
The sound of heavy gunfire and thick plumes of smoke engulfed the Zeitoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza City.
Israel said it struck 40 Hamas targets during the hours of darkness.
One morning airstrike killed four people, Gaza officials said.
Their identity was unclear.
Hamas militants said they ambushed an Israeli tank and set it ablaze, but the Israeli military said it had no information on any such incident and previous Hamas announcements of hitting Israeli troops proved unfounded.
On Wednesday morning, on the northern outskirts of Gaza City, rocket fire and plumes of black smoke were seen rising over buildings, with sounds of gun fire and explosions echoing overhead.
In northern Gaza, near Beit Lahiya and Jebaliya, where in the latter an artillery shell landed inside an empty boys school on Tuesday, Israeli military vehicles and troops were seen moving along the border.
The fighting came a day after France and Egypt announced a plan to stop the fighting, an initiative spurred on by an Israeli mortar strike near a UN school that killed at least 30 Palestinians and stained the streets with blood.
The United Nations said the school was sheltering hundreds of people displaced by the onslaught on Hamas and the Gazan civilian population.
Israel said its troops returned fire on a Hamas squad that fired mortars at them.
In the wake of the criticism over civilian casualties, Israel agreed to set up a “humanitarian corridor” to ship vital supplies into the Gaza Strip.
Under the plan, put forward by the Israeli Defence Ministry, Israel would suspend attacks in certain areas to allow people to get supplies.
The Egyptian and French presidents released no details of their proposal, saying only that it involved an immediate cease-fire to permit humanitarian aid into Gaza and talks to settle the differences between Israel and Hamas, which rules the small coastal territory.
They said they were awaiting a response from Israel.
Speaking from Jerusalem, government spokesman Mark Regev said that aid had entered Gaza but due to the combat situation it has been difficult to distribute it to the civilian population.
On Wednesday food trucks were seen queuing at the Karni crossing.

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Senate Ignores Humanitarian Pleas to Stop Sell Saudis New Weapons



The Senate approval of a new $510 million weapons sale to Saudi Arabia puts arms industry profits over Yemeni civilian lives, says Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin

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