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In a first, US military delivers NGO aid to Syria’s Rukban camp

A US-based nonprofit obtained permission to have the US military deliver humanitarian aid from Iraq to a displaced persons camp in Syria.
Rukban aid

The US military has begun delivering humanitarian aid purchased by a Washington-based nonprofit organization to Syria’s Rukban camp, which has been encircled for years by the Assad regime.

The Syrian Emergency Task Force, a US-based non-profit organization, purchased the aid in Iraq and delivered it to Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province, where it was loaded onto three American military aircraft that have arrived at the US Al-Tanf garrison since Saturday.

Nine pallets of aid have been delivered so far, including fertilizer, seeds and irrigation equipment to enable local families to grow their own food in the desert camp, according to Mouaz Moustafa, director of the SETF.

The organization also plans to provide schoolbooks and classroom supplies for all children in the camp, said Maria Cure, a SETF volunteer.

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