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  • Residents walk near damaged buildings in the anti-government held area of Old Aleppo, Syria.

    Residents walk near damaged buildings in the anti-government held area of Old Aleppo, Syria. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 June 2016

Russia has delivered aid to several cities in Syria, many of which are besieged by the Islamic State group.

Russia has donated over 25 tons of humanitarian aid to Syria in the provinces of Homs and Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday, according to Sputnik News.

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"Citizens of Mharram al-Fauqani (Homs province) and Fajdan (Aleppo) have received 8 tons of humanitarian cargoes. Flour, food products and sweets are the basis of the cargos.

"Aircraft of Abakan Air Russian aviation company have dropped 18 tons of UN humanitarian cargoes (food products and grains) on Deir ez-Zor, which had been besieged by ISIS terrorists," the Russian Hmeymim-based reconciliation center in Syria said in a statement Sunday.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered the Hmeymim airbase command to increase assistance to the Syrian population on Saturday.

Along with humanitarian aid, Russia is also working with the Syrian government to combat the anti-government forces, including the Islamic State group.

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