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Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority

Turkey’s Humanitarian Aid in Afrin - Report No: 2 (05.04.2018) 05 April 2018

Since January 29, the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Turkish Red Crescent and other Turkish NGOs have provided humanitarian aid to the people living in 170 different locations of Afrin.

In the framework of Operation Olive Branch which was launched on January 20, Turkey has delivered humanitarian aid in the areas that were liberated from terrorist groups under the coordination of AFAD. On 18 March, Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, backed by Turkey's special forces, cleared the center of Afrin from the terrorist elements. Thereafter, Turkish humanitarian agencies also started to provide humanitarian aid to civilians living in Afrin city center.

Since 29 January, 309,605 civilians have benefited from humanitarian aid that has been distributed by Turkish humanitarian agencies including 30,881 food packages, each enough to sustain a family for a month, 155,200 hot meals, 4682 kg of vegetables and 27,233 bottles of water (0.5, 1.5 and 5 liters) in Afrin. Moreover, Turkish humanitarian agencies have sustained urgent needs of civilians by providing 213.5 tons of flour, 29,734 core relief items including matrasses, blankets, hygiene kits, clothes, packages of diapers for children/elderly/disabled and 8,569 non-food items. In addition, 633,077 bundles of bread have been delivered to the people in Afrin.

Refugee returns to Afrin are expected when the area is fully secured from all terrorist groups. Moreover, Turkish Army Forces has been still working to clear area from landmines and explosives that terrorist groups left. When the protection of the area is sustained, Turkey will also provide aid to improve infrastructure in the area in order to enhance conditions for residents and returnees.

Operation Olive Branch is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter and with full respect to Syria's territorial integrity.

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