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Aid convoy arrives in N. Aleppo

AMMAN, May 9 (KUNA) -- An aid convey consisting of 12 trucks has arrived in Nobl and Al-Zahraa towns on the northern outskirts of Aleppo city on Friday, breaking the siege laid by the opposition gunmen on the two towns more than one and a half years ago.
Six trucks, carrying foodstuffs and medical supplies, entered Nobl while a similar number of trucks entered Al-Zahraa, SANA news agency quoted Ali Balawi, head of Nubl municipal council, as saying.
The delivery of aid to residents of the two towns is part of the Homs truce deal between the opposition gunmen and the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad by virtue of which the gunmen are allowed to leave Homs besieged by the regular troops two years ago.
In a related development, Homs Governor Talal Barazi said the city is totally free of any gunmen or arms displays after the last batch of opposition gunmen left the city northward earlier today.
The government troops made the necessary security arrangements in Homs and cleared the city of mines before allowing its displaced residents to go back home and restore their property in the districts of Al-Hamidiya, Al-Warsha, Bustan Al-Diwan and Bab Houd.
The engineering corps of the Syrian army are still inspecting and searching for possible explosives or landmines in Jawrat Al-Shayah and Al-Qusor districts, Barazi told SANA.
The troops found a number of mass graves and some bodies of persons who were burnt to death as well as explosive-making workshops in Homs; they defused some explosive charges, according to military sources. (end) tk.gb