HATAY, Turkey

The UN on Tuesday dispatched 21 truckloads of humanitarian aid to the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

The trucks passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey’s southern Hatay province.

The aid will be distributed among residents in urban areas of Idlib, as well as the surrounding countryside

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN officials.

Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone laid

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