A part of UN automobile convoy returns to Damascus, escorted by Russian army police

DAMSCUS, February 10. /TASS/. Russian military police has provided security and escort to the first part of the mechanical transport column of the UN humanitarian convoy and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), which returned to Damascus from the Rukban refugee camp, a TASS correspondent reported.

According to the correspondent, 55 unloaded trucks, two UN armored vehicles, two armored vehicles and an SACP ambulance drove out of 55-kilometer “security zone” surrounding the Al-Tanf military base.

On February 6, Russian military police escorted the second United Nations humanitarian aid convoy to Syria’s Rukban refugee camp.

“The Russian side has completed all the tasks of escorting a humanitarian convoy, ensuring complete security during the delivery of cargo to the security zone of Al-Tanf,” Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria Lieutenant General Sergei Solomatin told reporters.

The convoy consisted of more than 160 trucks, ambulances, fuel vehicles and armored vehicles. A total of 1,080 tonnes of food, non-food items, medicines and basic necessities were delivered to refugees.

Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev earlier announced the second humanitarian aid mission to the Rukban camp. According to him, the convoy’s movement was monitored in real-time mode.

The first UN aid convoy arrived in the Rukban camp on November 3, 2018. United Nations officials informed Russia that food, non-food items and medicines weighing 450 tonnes had been delivered to refugees.

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