|[Published: Tuesday March 24 2020]
Russia sends ship with military ambulances towards Syria
MOSCOW - A cargo ship operated by the Russian Navy transited Turkey's Bosphorus strait en route to Syria loaded with ambulances, a Reuters news agency reporter saw.
Syria reported its first case of coronavirus on Sunday after weeks of rejecting opposition allegations the disease had already reached a country with a wrecked health system and thousands of Iranian-backed militias and Shia pilgrims.
The Russian Dvinitsa-50 ship, part of Moscow's auxiliary fleet, was carrying at least three military ambulances along with a shipping container on its deck.
Russia, which has provided military support for President Bashar al-Assad since 2015, operates a naval facility at Tartus in Syria and an airbase in Latakia.-(ANA) -
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