The Russian army has started a humanitarian operation in Syria, Head of the General Staff Main Operations Department Sergey Rudskoy said on Friday.
According to him, while some international non-governmental organizations are delivering humanitarian aid to Syria, “this aid is mostly being delivered to the areas controlled by militants where most of this aid gets into the hands of extremists and is used for bandit formations’ supplies.”
Russian diplomat also claims weapons are supplied to Syria under cover of humanitarian aid.
“A decision has been made for the Russian Armed Forces to launch a humanitarian operation in the Syrian Arab Republic,” the general added.
According to the official, the Russian Defense Ministry has delivered the first humanitarian aid consignment to Syria’s Deir ez-Zor. “Presently, we sent the main assistance to the city of Deir ez-Zor, which had been for a long time seized by the Islamic State terrorists,” the general said.