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Turkish Red Crescent gives aid to Somalia blast victims

Aid agency head Kerem Kinik condemns bomb attack in Somali capital

Turkish Red Crescent gives aid to Somalia blast victims

By Hanife Sevinc


The Turkish Red Crescent, also known as Kizilay, has distributed humanitarian aid among victims in Somali capital Mogadishu after Saturday's truck bombing that left at least 276 people dead.

In a statement released Monday, the aid agency said their team was in Mogadishu delivering food, blankets, tents as well as medical supplies provided by the Turkish Ministry of Health.

The agency's team was also participating in operations to bring the injured blast victims to Turkey for medical treatment, the statement added.

Turkish minister lands in Somalia to aid blast victims

Turkish Red Crescent head Kerem Kinik condemned the bomb attack and wished Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to the wounded.

Earlier in the day, Turkish Health Minister Ahmet Demircan arrived in capital Mogadishu to speed up Turkey’s support operations for the injured.

Demircan is accompanied by a delegation of 33 people, including a medical team specializing in emergency services, according to the Turkish embassy.

Earlier, a Turkish aircraft loaded with medical aid arrived at dawn in the Somali capital; it also carried medical emergency services staff.

The death toll from Saturday's suicide truck bombing in Mogadishu has climbed to 276 dead and more than 300 others injured, Somalia's Minister of Information Abdirahman Omar Osman said late Sunday.

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