July 15, 2018 / 9:44 AM / 4 months ago

Official Correction: Aid convoy reaches southwest Syria - Syrian Arab Red Crescent

(Corrects number of trucks in paragraph 2 to 16, not 9)

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A humanitarian aid convoy reached government-held parts of southwest Syria on Sunday, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent statement said.

Sixteen trucks carrying 3,000 food parcels reached the towns of Nassib and Um al-Mayathen in Deraa province near a border crossing with Jordan.

The Syrian government, backed by the Russian military, has captured most of the province in an offensive that began in June.

The convoy was accompanied by a delegation containing the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Syria Ali Al Zaatari and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Toby Chopra

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