HATAY, Turkey

The UN dispatched 63 trucks with humanitarian aid Tuesday to northwestern Syria where millions of people remain in need of assistance because of the internal conflict.

The trucks crossed into Idlib province through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey’s southern Hatay province.

Aid will be distributed to residents of Idlib and nearby rural areas.

Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.

Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia.

The area has been the subject of multiple cease-fire understandings which have frequently been violated by the Assad regime and its allies.

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