Turkey's relief agency send aid to Tunisia

Turkish Airlines sends a Boeing 777 to evacuate Turkish citizens from Tunisia. The plane carries foodstuff for Turkish citizens in this country

Turkey's relief agency send aid to Tunisia

Turkey's relief agency, the Red Crescent, will send humanitarian aid to Turkish citizens in Tunisia as unrest has swept the country.

The Red Crescent said in a statement, "the Turkish Airlines (THY) will send a Boeing 777 to evacuate Turkish citizens from Tunisia. The plane will carry foodstuff for Turkish citizens in this country. It will return home later in the day with 300 Turkish citizens on board."

"The foodstuff will be handed over to the Turkish Embassy in Tunis. The embassy will distribute the aid to Turkish citizens in the country," it added.

The plane is expected to take off from Istanbul Ataturk Airport at 11:40 a.m.

Weeks of violent protests over unemployment, food price rises and corruption left dozens of people dead in the North African country. The wave of rallies was sparked by the suicide of an unemployed college graduate, who torched himself last month after police confiscated his fruit cart, cutting off his source of income.

Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali stepped down after 23 years in power and Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has taken over the responsibilities of the president.

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