Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Syria

Russia has delivered four tons of humanitarian aid to low-income families in the Syrian province of Homs, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation at Hmeimim airbase said on Tuesday.

The Russian military brought flour, cereals, canned fish and meat, and sweets for children, and Russian military doctors also provided medical treatment to villagers in need, according to reports by local media.

“Any humanitarian action represents a step closer to peace. I expect that such humanitarian actions motivate other areas to join the reconciliation process,” Russian news agency Sputnik quoted Col. Igor Borodin, spokesperson for the center, as saying.

Syria was plunged into civil war in 2011, with numerous opposition factions and extremist groups fighting government forces, seeking to topple the government of President Bashar Assad.

A cease-fire brokered by Russia and the United States came into force on Fed. 27, bringing relative peace to the war-ravaged country, which still sees sporadic fighting between government forces and rebel factions.