By Anita Dullard

Thousands of people stranded in Syria’s eastern city of Deir Alzour, received crucial food and medicine aid of Friday as Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) accessed the city by land for the first time in three years. 80,000 residents received relief items, delivered by the convoy of 35 trucks supported by IFRC, and 7 from the ICRC.

Deir Alzour has suffered a difficult and long siege, which has meant humanitarian partners were only been able to provide relief through air-drops.  For the past 17 months, food, including seven million bread packs produced with the support of ICRC, have reached communities in Deir Alzour via 308 air-drops. These food parcels have been distributed daily by SARC volunteers during the last year.

SARC provides relief in hard to reach areas such as Deir Alzour whenever it is able to do so, often in partnership with the ICRC, to deliver aid provided by the Red Cross Movement and other partners. Secure, sustained humanitarian access is vital to prevent further unnecessary suffering.