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U.N. Aid Convoy Enters Eastern Ghouta After Syrian Government Troops Remove Medical Supplies

Al Jazeera: Syria: Aid convoy enters besieged Eastern Ghouta
“A 46-truck convoy carrying humanitarian aid has begun entering Eastern Ghouta through the government-controlled Wafideen checkpoint for the first time in nearly a month…” (3/5).

BBC News: Syria war: Aid enters Eastern Ghouta despite air strikes
“…The 46 trucks are the first to reach the besieged enclave since mid-February, despite a recent U.N.-backed ceasefire and short, daily truces ordered by Russia. At least 719 people have been killed in that period, many of them children…” (3/5).

Financial Times: First aid convoy in weeks reaches rebel-held eastern Ghouta
“…The area has received just one other delivery this year, in February, and residents and humanitarian organizations have warned of an increasingly desperate situation for the estimated 400,000 people trapped inside…” (Collard, 3/5).

The Guardian: Aid convoy enters besieged Syrian enclave
“…A World Health Organization official said government authorities had removed most medical material from U.N. vehicles, preventing surgical kits, insulin, dialysis equipment, and other supplies from reaching the enclave…” (Shaheen, 3/5).

Reuters: First aid convoy reaches Syria’s Ghouta, stripped of medical supplies
“…[Senior U.N. official Ali al-Za’tari] said the convoy had been scaled back from providing food for 70,000 people to providing for 27,500. The United Nations says Syria has agreed to let it bring the rest of the food for the full 70,000 in a second convoy in three days…” (McDowall et al., 3/5).