Aid reaches Syria's Manbij for 1st time from govt-held areas: UN

This picture shows an aid convoy of the Red Crescent arriving at the Rukban desert camp for displaced Syrians along Syria's border with Jordan on February 06, 2019. (AFP/Syrian Red Crescent HO/File)

A convoy carrying aid for 50,000 people reached the northern Syrian city of Manbij Thursday, in the first such delivery from government-held territory, the United Nations said.

The U.N. and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent sent 37 trucks loaded with "862 metric tons of food, non-food items, education materials, nutrition and medical supplies", it said.

"This is the first time we manage to deliver assistance to Manbij through Aleppo," a government-held city in northern Syria, Fran Equiza, the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, was quoted as saying.