Aid trucks make it to Sarajevo

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The Independent Online
SARAJEVO (Reuter) - The biggest aid convoy to reach Sarajevo by road - 21 United Nations trucks carrying 170 tonnes of desperately needed food supplies - arrived in the besieged Bosnian capital yesterday.

A UN spokesman in Sarajevo said the convoy drove from the Adriatic coast. UN officials hope that the route it followed can replace the expensive airlifts which, since 3 July, have been the main channel for humanitarian aid to civilians trapped by fighting. 'We crossed 250km (145 miles) in 12 hours,' said Peter Kessler, a UN official. 'We came through mountain passes and down some narrow dirt roads.'

A further four trucks with 30 tonnes of food continued north to the town of Maglaj, some 80km from Sarajevo.