By Burak Milli
HATAY, Turkey (AA) - The UN on Thursday dispatched 26 truckloads of humanitarian aid to the embattled 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, which have been subject to years of devastating attacks by the Assad regime and its allies, triggering a wave of some 1 million refugees.
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 out in a deal between Turkey and Russia in late 2018. The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the zone.
The de-escalation zone is currently home to some 4 million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces from throughout the war-weary country.
* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev from Ankara