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Aid reaches Manbij for first time from regime areas: UN

A convoy carrying aid for 50,000 people reached the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Thursday (March 7th), in the first such delivery from regime-held territory, AFP reported.

The UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent sent 37 trucks loaded with "862 metric tonnes of food, non-food items, education materials, nutrition and medical supplies", the UN said.

"This is the first time we manage to deliver assistance to Manbij through Aleppo," said Fran Equiza, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Syria.

Manbij is a former "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) stronghold now held by a military council affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

One in five people living in Manbij have been internally displaced from other parts of Syria, Equiza said in a social media post.

The UN said the delivery would "cover the (food) needs of 50,000 people for approximately 30 days", and provide enough medicine and medical supplies to treat 81,000 people.

According to the World Food Programme, Syria is experiencing "widespread food insecurity" and 6.5 million people are unable to meet their food needs.

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