The first of several convoys carrying badly-needed aid to besieged areas of Syria has arrived at its destination as part of an agreement that world powers hope will lead to a “cessation of hostilities” by Friday.

Thirty-five trucks have entered the rebel-held town of Muadhamiya, near the Syrian capital Damascus, the Syrian Red Crescent told the BBC.

Aid is heading as well to Madaya and Zabadani, also near the capital, and to the pro-government northern villages of Foah and Kefraya.

Almost 500,000 people live in besieged areas in Syria, according to the UN.

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