Red Cross delivers first relief aid to Syria's Deraa

May 5, 2011 22:15

GENEVA - Aid workers from the Red Cross and Red Crescent on Thursday delivered their first emergency relief supplies to the southern Syrian city of Deraa, cradle of an uprising against Syria President Bashar Assad, a spokesman said.

A convoy of two trucks carrying clean drinking water and two trucks with food and first aid material accompanied the team of 13 experts from the Syrian Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan said.

"We got the greenlight to go and the visit took place. The goods were delivered," Hassan told Reuters in response to an inquiry. "The team is back in Damascus now."

The neutral humanitarian agency had no immediate information on casualties in Deraa, where demonstrations calling for more freedoms and later for the overthrow of Assad began in March.

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