Turkey sent $365 million in aid in Syria since 2012

The Turkish Red Crescent has delivered 840 million Turkish lira worth of aid in Syria since 2012, says agency's deputy GM.

Turkey sent $365 million in aid in Syria since 2012
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The Turkish Red Crescent has supplied humanitarian aid in Syria worth a total of 840 million Turkish lira ($365 million), said the agency's deputy general manager on Friday

"We sent aid to the Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Idlib, El Haseke, Deir ez-Zor and Damascus regions in Syria. The aid consists of foods, sheltering materials and medicine," Mintez Simsek told The Anadolu Agency.

He added 107,000 tons of flour had been sent to refugee camps in Syria since 2012, as well as 5,000 loaves of bread.

Simsek also underlined that Turkey had also provided aid to 1.7 million refugees in Turkey - in Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and  in 12 other border aid points in Mardin.

If we had not delivered aid to people in Syria for three years, the number of refugees in Turkey would be 3.5 million people, not 1.7 million, he said.

Established 146 years ago, the Turkish Red Crescent is one of the oldest humanitarian agencies in the world. It provides aid to people in Turkey and globally hit by crises or natural disasters.

More than 190,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict between the Assad regime and opposition forces began in early 2011, according to UN figures published in August 2014.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ocak 2015, 18:01