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Turkish Red Crescent distributes food to Yemeni families

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The Turkish Red Crescent on Friday distributed 3,000 food parcels to poor families in Yemen's western Al-Mahra province.

The move follows an earlier Turkish initiative in which 4,500 parcels were delivered to families affected by Hurricane Laban, which pounded several parts of Yemen last October.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Mohamed Sinjar, a Turkish Red Crescent official, said fresh food parcels had been distributed Friday in coordination with local authorities in Al-Mahra.

"Over the last two days, parcels have been distributed in Al-Mahra's Hof and Mesila districts," Sinjar said, stressing his country's commitment to helping Yemenis affected by recent conflict and natural disasters.

Hurricane Laban left dozens of Yemenis dead last October and displaced an estimated 3,000 families.

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