By Syrian Voice Staff

AMMAN: The Syrian Arab Red Crescent distributed humanitarian aid to an opposition-held town in southeast Hama province on Tuesday after residents were cut-off from assistance for five years.

Residents of Talaf, about 40km southeast of Hama city, welcomed the long-awaited aid, which included 800 food baskets and 3,600 hygiene kits provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Humanitarian aid was distributed in Talaf on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of SMART News Agency.

Ahmad Karoum, president of Talaf’s local council, told the Syrian Voice that the food baskets were “distributed equally among residents.”

He nonetheless added that they were “not enough for families [in Talaf], as the population numbers about 3,500.”

Tuesday’s distribution in Talaf is part of a larger assistance campaign in besieged areas of the southern Hama countryside which includes 3,600 food baskets, 10,000 blankets, 2,000 kitchen supply kits, three generators and electric transformers and medical equipment, according to Karoum.

Humanitarian aid was distributed in Talaf on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of SMART News Agency.

Previous attempts to deliver aid to Talaf were unsuccessful. The most recent attempt took place last November, when a caravan sent by the Syrian Red Crescent was stopped by pro-regime militias.

Talaf and several neighboring towns have been under siege by government forces since late 2012.

For more on the siege of southeast Hama, see this report by the Syrian Voice.

Translated by Avery Edelman