Turkey, Middle East

Turkish prime minister's family funds Syrian aid

Binali Yildirim’s children send food supplies to Syrian children

20.01.2017
Turkish prime minister's family funds Syrian aid

By Ismail Ozdemir

ANKARA

Three truckloads of aid paid for by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s family set off for northern Syria on Friday, an official in the prime ministry said.

The food supplies -- destined for refugee children -- were headed to Idlib province, where Aleppo residents fled following a siege by pro-regime forces. The trucks left a warehouse in Hatay, southern Turkey, early Friday.

Erkan, Bulent and Busra Yildirim financed a similar Turkish Red Crescent convoy to Syria last month, the official said.

To date the Turkish Red Crescent has sent 377 aid trucks carrying flour, tents, pulses, coal, stoves and blankets to relieve Aleppo residents who have fled to opposition-controlled Idlib.

Turkey currently hosts around 2.8 million Syrian refugees and has spent around $25 billion sheltering refugees since the beginning of the Syrian war.

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