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Turkey's medical aid arrives in Iraq amid pandemic

Supplies sent Iraq upon directives of Turkish president

Omer Olcay and Haydar Karaalp   | 01.07.2020
Turkey's medical aid arrives in Iraq amid pandemic


A Turkish military aircraft carrying medical supplies, which departed from the capital Ankara for Iraq to help fight the pandemic, landed at the Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday.

"The Turkish Armed Forces aircraft carrying medical supplies for use against the #COVID19 outbreak has landed in Iraq," the National Defense Ministry said on Twitter.

Turkey sends medical aid to Iraq amid COVID-19

ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 01: Medical supplies, are being loaded to the Turkish Armed Forces' A400M military plane, to be sent to Iraq to support the fighting against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Etimesgut Military Airport in Ankara, Turkey on July 01, 2020. ( Güven Yılmaz - Anadolu Agency )

The medical supplies were "jointly prepared by the Health Ministry and the Ministry of National Defense, at the direction of President Erdogan, for use against the COVID-19 outbreak," the ministry also said.

The boxes containing the aid carried a message for the people of Iraq: "After hopelessness, there is so much hope, and after darkness, there is the much brighter sun,” it said both in Turkish and Arabic, quoting the words of 13th century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi.

Turkey has helped at least 125 countries with humanitarian aid, including the US, UK, Italy, and Spain, making it the world's third-largest aid provider during the pandemic.

Iraq has so far reported more than 49,100 cases and 1,943 deaths from the pandemic.

Worldwide, the virus has killed more than 511,500 people, with total infections over 10.48 million, and recoveries exceeding 5.36 million, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

* Writing by Seda Sevencan.

Turkey sends medical aid to Iraq to combat virus

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