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© FRANCE 24 screen grab | A truck laden with medical gear drives past Paris's city hall at the start of its journey to war-torn Syria.

Video by Shirli SITBON

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-12-16

The city of Paris has sent a team of doctors and two medical trucks to war-torn Aleppo and the Syrian province of Idlib in an effort to provide much-needed medical aid to the war-torn country and inspire similar initiatives across Europe.

The trucks stacked with medicine and hospital utensils are manned by members of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), which has launched numerous missions to Syria and trained doctors in the country since the start of the war.

"I really want to thank the Paris city hall because their action can mobilise people," said UOSSM president Ziad Alissa. "We need to speed up the process to try to get there while there is a ceasefire," Alissa added, referring to a truce that has allowed rebel fighters and civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo to start evacuating the city.

Chad Homedan, a doctor from Angers, in western France, said he hoped the convoy would inspire other European cities and governments to join in the relief effort.

"We want to show Europeans that showing solidarity is possible, that they too can take similar initiatives," he told FRANCE 24.

Click on the player above to watch the full report by Shirli Sitbon.

Date created : 2016-12-16

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