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Relief agencies deliver more aid to Syrians in militant-held suburb

Syrian government forces stand in the village of Tal Jabin, north of the city of Aleppo, on February 3, 2016. (AFP photo)

Relief agencies deliver more aid packages to 700 families in the militant-held suburb of Mu'adamiyat al-Sham near the Syrian capital of Damascus. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered more food and hygiene kits for around 3,500 people in the suburb on Sunday.

The Red Cross stressed the importance of regular access to the suburb and other besieged areas in the Arab country, and said more aid will be delivered to Mu'adamiyat al-Sham in coming days.

The convoy is the second of its kind that was destined for the suburb this week as a similar operation provided food for over 12,000 people and medical supplies for 10,000 people earlier in the week.

On Friday, Syrian government forces gained full control of a strip of land used as a supply route between the two militant-held areas of Mu'adamiyat al-Sham and Darayya, tightening a three-year siege on the Takfiri terrorists.

The news comes as the Syrian army continues their successful offensives against the Takfiri militants in several regions across the country with the latest reports saying that the government forces retook control of various strategic areas on Sunday.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian army and popular committees gained control of Kafin village in the northern countryside of Aleppo. The report added that the army is just 25 kilometers away from the border with Turkey, which is seen as a key supply route for terrorists.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 260,000 people and left over one million injured, according to the United Nations.

The world body says 12.2 million people, including more than 5.6 million children, remain in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria. The foreign-sponsored militancy in the Arab country has also displaced about half of the country's population.

The Syrian military backed by volunteer forces has inflicted heavy losses on foreign-backed militants during mop-up operations on different fronts and gained more ground against militants.

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