An aid convoy has began to cross into Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, bringing the first relief to the besieged enclave since one of the deadliest government assaults of the seven-year war began two weeks ago, but the convoy has been stripped of vital medical supplies.
Syrian Government authorities removed surgical kits, insulin, dialysis equipment and other supplies from the relief vehicles
Shelling continued nearby as the UN convoy entered the area
The convoy was scaled back from providing food for 70,000 people to 27,500
A World Health Organisation (WHO) official said government authorities had removed most medical material from the convoy of 46 UN vehicles, preventing surgical kits, insulin, dialysis equipment and other supplies from reaching the enclave of 400,000 people.