Turkish Red Crescent Distributes Aid To 1,550 Syrians

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ISTANBUL – The Turkish Red Crescent aid organisation, Kizilay, has distributed basic aid to more than 1,000 Syrians who were forced to flee the Barze neighbourhood of the capital Damascus, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Some 1,500 people, mostly children, women and elders, were welcomed by aid workers in the western Syrian city of Hama, according to a statement released Wednesday by Kizilay.

Packages of humanitarian aid including canned food, milk, water and diapers were handed out.

“While Kizilay continues easing the life for around three million refugees inside Turkey, it is doing its best to keep seven million internally displaced Syrians alive,” Kerem Kinik, chairman of Kizilay, said in the statement.

The financial amount of the Turkish Red Crescent’s humanitarian aid has exceeded 2 billion Turkish Liras (around US$560 million) since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, according to the organisation.

Turkey, hosting more Syrian refugees than any other country in the world, says it has spent around US$25 billion helping and sheltering refugees during that time.