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Iranian, Pakistani groups send aid to Syria

Iranian and Pakistani aid groups are sending humanitarian relief supplies to recently liberated Syrian towns in Eastern Ghouta, Press TV reports.

Aid workers say more deliveries have been planned for the coming months. The large consignment includes foodstuff, medicine and health supplies.

The children of Eastern Ghouta, in the suburb of the capital Damascus, have already suffered through years of violence. They have been denied proper education, food, healthcare, and have been forced to live in basements for months to shelter from attacks.

In recent weeks, Syrian forces have managed to liberate dozens of towns and villages and eliminate scores of terrorists, command centers and arms depots. The liberation operations have secured the basic roads connecting Damascus to central, northern and coastal regions as well as eastern borders with Iraq.

On April 7, the Syrian army made advances against militants in the town of Douma, their last stronghold in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.

Eastern Ghouta, which is home to nearly 400,000 people, fell to multiple militant groups in 2012, months after Syria plunged into crisis and has since served as a launch pad for fatal attacks against residents and infrastructure in Damascus. The area has witnessed deadly violence over the past few months, with foreign-sponsored terrorists launching mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent defeat.

The United Nations says operation by the Syrian military into the militant-held areas in Eastern Ghouta and the fierce fighting there with militants have left around 140,000 people homeless.

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