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Serbian government sends 105 tons of humanitarian aid to Syria: "There is still more in warehouses"
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This aid shipments consists of medicines, medical equipment and sanitary materials worth 71,904,428 dinars, then food worth 20,916,687 dinars, tents, generators, blankets, hygiene products, as well as other items necessary to the citizens of Syria
To the citizens of the Syrian Arab Republic affected by the catastrophic earthquakes, the Government of the Republic of Serbia has so far sent 105 tons of humanitarian aid with a total value of about one million euros.
This aid shipments consists of medicines, medical equipment and sanitary materials worth 71,904,428 dinars, then food worth 20,916,687 dinars, tents, generators, blankets, hygiene products, as well as other items necessary to the citizens of Syria.
The Government of Serbia provided this assistance in cooperation with the Republic Directorate for Commodity Reserves, RFZO (state health fund), MUP (Interior Ministry)-SVS, the Serbian Red Cross, the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, as well as domestic companies.
The dispatch of the aid, which was sent to the citizens of Syria last night, was attended by Serbian Minister of Internal Affairs Bratislav Gasic, together with the ambassador of Syria to Serbia, Bassem Dzaman Aga.
"The Government of Serbia has already approved aid in the amount of one million euros, which was paid to Syria. That's not all. At this moment, there are still close to 100 tons of goods left in the warehouses for humanitarian aid provided by the Government, as well as citizens and local businesses, which will be shipped to Syria by road and sea. On this occasion, I would also like to thank the citizens of Serbia and the companies that once again showed a big heart, because they selflessly help the citizens of Syria and Turkey by raising funds through SMS messages," stressed the Minister of Internal Affairs Gasic.
Gasic added that it is our duty to help, just as others helped us when we needed it. He also indicated that ten days ago, the first shipment of aid in the form of seven tons of goods, food products, as well as milk powder, which was a donation from the Republic's commodity reserves, was sent by Air Serbia on a special flight, and that the Serbian government provided a similar aid package to Turkey, most of which has already been dispatched through the daily cooperation of the Operational Team, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey and Turkish Airlines.
"We will continue to help vulnerable areas in the future, because Serbia is firmly convinced that tolerance, help to the vulnerable and those in need, as well as international cooperation instead of conflict, are the right way to build a better and fairer world for all people on Earth," said Minister Gasic.
Ambassador of Syria to Serbia Bassem Dzaman Aga thanked the Government of Serbia and Minister Gasic, who made it possible to send the shipment to the vulnerable population in his country.
"This shipment, that is, the result of this work, would certainly not have been possible if it had not been for such good cooperation between the Serbian government and the Syrian embassy. This is a very important shipment that will be useful to people in every sense, as well as medical aid, but also for taking care of them, because they are now homeless," said Ambassador Bassem Jaman Agha.
The Government of Serbia established the Operational Team for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid for the Republic of Turkey and the Syrian Arab Republic, with the task of coordinating getting information about their needs, determining the type, quantity and priority of sending goods and methods of transporting goods, as well as sending financial aid collected by individuals and legal persons through special humanitarian numbers provided by mobile operators in the territory of the Republic of Serbia.
Wanting to send additional help, but also respecting the wishes of the citizens, the Government, in cooperation with the Red Cross of Serbia, opened a humanitarian SMS number 1004, and all funds collected in this way will be donated to the Syrian Red Crescent through the mechanism of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva. The SMS number for sending aid to Turkey - 1003 - has also been launched.
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