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Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Authority

Turkish aid agencies distribute food to Afrin civilians 20 March 2018

Disaster and Emergency Management Authority and Turkey's Red Crescent distributed hot meals to civilians in Syria's Afrin, which was liberated during the ongoing Operation Olive Branch.

Mehmet Güllüoğlu, the head of Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), and Ibrahim Altan, head of the Turkish Red Crescent Society, also took part during the distribution of meals in villages of Diwan Al Fawqani and Deir Ballut.

The teams also distributed food aid packages to the civilians -- mainly women and children -- who expressed their gratitude to the Turkish authorities.

Güllüoğlu said the AFAD and the Turkish Red Crescent are trying to meet the basic needs, including food aid and hygiene kits, of civilians.

The distribution of humanitarian aid will continue in the region, he added.

Altan, for his part, said nearly 1,000 civilians received food aid.

During the distribution on Monday, there were warm moments between Turkish army soldiers and the Syrians in the town. The soldiers promised that they would always support the civilians.

Güllüoglu said they would detect the needs in Afrin and work together with the locals to meet the needs in the region.

"Our President, and the Prime Minister, have given instructions on cooperation with other aid agencies and meeting the needs of the civilians in this area as quickly as possible. We will be working on this," he said.

Turkey on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin

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