Syrian children play amidst badly damaged buildings in Zabdin, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus, on October 08, 2018. / AFP / LOUAI BESHARA
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Tens of thousands of Syrians in areas recaptured by government troops this year remain starved of humanitarian aid, with the relief agencies helping them for years now unable to reach them.More than seven years into Syria's conflict, 13 million people across the country still need humanitarian assistance, the United Nations says.Aid became politicized early on, resulting in two separate operations being developed.One, based out of Damascus, saw the U.N. and other agencies providing assistance solely with government authorization.The IRC said it reached more than 300,000 people in Syria's south last year and backed six clinics in Eastern Ghouta.Areas brought back under regime control are able to access state-provided services and receive aid from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the main state-approved conduit for aid.But residents said government hospitals were often too far away while Red Crescent aid did not match the assistance they received from international NGOs.
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