Turkey delivers aid to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani
Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency delivered one thousand bottles of water and five thousand cartons of milk to Kobani region Friday.

A Turkish relief agency has sent humanitarian aid to Kobani on Friday.

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency sent one thousand bottles of water and five thousand cartons of milk to the largely Kurdish Syrian town.

Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, has been a scene of fierce battles between Kurdish groups and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since mid-September.

According to a statement, the agency distributes food and hygiene supplies, and arranges shelter for the more than 180,000 Kurdish refugees who have fled into Turkey from Kobani since the fighting began in September. In total, the agency gives out three meals to at least 50 thousand people every day.

Turkey started to deliver humanitarian assistance, including 634 humanitarian aid trucks, to war-torn Syria as well in August of 2012, and the country has sent another 46 humanitarian vehicles to the Kobani area as the conflict intensified since September 19.

The total amount of aid, including food, medicine, tents, clothing and cleaning supplies delivered to Syria cost around 700 million Turkish lira.

The agency has also collaborated with Turkish municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and foreign aid agencies to provide humanitarian assistance to Syria since civil war began in that country. More than 190,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Syrian civil war.

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Last Modified: 2014-10-12 09:30:16
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