The Turkish Red Crescent distributes food to Yemen

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On Monday, the Turkish Red Crescent Society distributed 2,000 food baskets to displaced people, poor families, people with special needs, and families of martyrs in four Yemeni governorates.

The head of the Turkish Red Crescent mission in Yemen, Ibrahim Obeid, said that “the association distributed 2,000 food baskets today.”

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He added that the distribution took place in “the governorates of Aden and Al-Dhalea (south), Taiz (southwest) and Seiyun city in Hadhramaut governorate (southeast), with 500 baskets for each governorate.”

He explained that “the displaced, people with special needs, families of martyrs and the poorest were targeted in those governorates as part of a campaign to distribute 5,000 baskets in 6 Yemeni governorates (out of 22 governorates).”

On Tuesday, the Turkish Red Crescent Society launched a campaign to distribute 5,000 food baskets in Yemen during the current month of Ramadan.

The campaign includes: 2,000 food baskets in Aden, 1,000 in Hadhramaut, 500 in Lahj, 500 in Abyan, 500 in Al-Dhalea, and 500 in Taiz.

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Obeid stressed that “the distribution of food baskets comes within the framework of Turkey’s keenness to provide various humanitarian aids to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis affected by the war, especially during the month of Ramadan.”

For years, the Turkish Association has provided various humanitarian aids to the displaced and those affected by the war, as well as assistance to the poorest families in a number of provinces.

For more than 7 years, Yemen has been witnessing an ongoing war, one of which is the forces loyal to the legitimate government, backed by an Arab military coalition led by the neighboring Saudi Arabia.

These forces have been battling the Iranian-backed Houthi militia who have controlled governorates, including the capital, Sanaa (north), since September 2014.

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Until the end of 2021, the war killed 377,000 people, and cost Yemen’s economy $126 billion in losses, according to the United Nations.

Most of the population of about 30 million people has become dependent on aid in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.