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ICRC, Syrian Red Crescent start rescue ops in Eastern Ghouta

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 12, IRNA -- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Syrian Red Crescent Society (SARC) have started rescue operations in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, ICRC president said.

Finally after a long time, we together with SARC could launch rescue and salvation operation in Eastern Ghouta, Peter Maurer told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday.

Due to wide range of conflicts in the area, rescue operations have not so far been possible, he added.

Negotiations are underway with those involved in the conflict to start the second phase of sending aids, he said adding that ICRC has the biggest operations in Syria.

He also reiterated that the assistance given by the United Nations and Syrian Red Crescent Socity is not enough.

Maurer went on to say that ICRC is holding talks with those involved in the Syria conflict to have access to all areas.

Today, we will travel to Damascus to increase aids to the war-torn areas, he added.

Maurer also referred to Iraq as the second biggest area after Syria for ICRC operations, saying it is sending humanitarian aids to Iraq since Iraqis are now after returning home.

Commenting on the difficult and hazardous missions accomplished by ICRC rescuers, he said they carry out their operations in several countries including Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, and Yemen.

The ICRC president also pointed to his recent meeting with Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, saying issues related to Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were among the topics discussed.

Eastern Ghouta has been under the control of the terrorist groups for seven years.

Due to the large number of civilians in this area, Syrian Army has not yet been able to take control of Eastern Ghouta.

In the wake of the escalation of tensions in Damascus, Syrian Army has started air operations to liberate Eastern Ghouta

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