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Iran sends 3rd humanitarian aid convoy to Somalia

Iran Materials 17 August 2011 12:14 (UTC +04:00)
The third planeload of Iran's humanitarian aid was sent to the famine-stricken African state of Somalia Wednesday morning.
Iran sends 3rd humanitarian aid convoy to Somalia

The third planeload of Iran's humanitarian aid was sent to the famine-stricken African state of Somalia Wednesday morning, IRNA reported.

The 40-ton cargo included foodstuff, medicines and tents, Head of the Relief and Rescue Organization of Iranian Red Crescent Society Mahmoud Mozaffar told.

He said that the aid supply would be distributed among famine-stricken people of that African state by IRCS' relief teams based in several camps inside Somalia.

The United Nations has formally declared a state of famine in five regions in southern and central Somalia, and the number of people in need of food aid and humanitarian assistance across the wider region is more than 12 million.

The international body has also predicted that the famine could spread to more areas and last until December.

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