Turkey to deliver aid to Gaza before Eid al-Fitr


Turkey will deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza just before the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced late on June 19.        

"Turkey with its people and institutions will continue to support the Palestinian state and people," said the ministry in a statement. 

The aid convoy, aimed at offering relief to Gazans suffering from an Israeli blockade, is expected to arrive in Gaza in the coming days before the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. 

The ministry also said it would provide $10 million to the Palestinian government.

The Turkish Red Crescent, in cooperation with its Palestinian counterpart, has already delivered 15,000 packages of food and clothing to thousands of residents in Gaza. 

Other charity organizations and groups have also donated to Gazans during Ramadan. 

Since 2007, Gaza's roughly 2 million residents have suffered under a crippling Israeli blockade that has deprived them of many basic commodities, including food, fuel, medicine and building materials.

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