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Turkish group sent Syrians 316 loads of aid in 2018

Turkiye Diyanet Foundation has provided humanitarian aid to war-torn country since 2011 start of civil war.

News Service Anadolu Agency

Over the last year the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) has sent over 300 truckloads of aid to victims of the civil war in Syria, the charity group said on Friday.

The aid from the group, which is tied to the state Religious Affairs Directorate, went to Syria's Idlib region and other war-torn areas liberated during Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch.

The foundation opened five offices and sent 316 truckloads of aid to needy people through those offices, the group said in a statement.

It also distributed 120,000 loaves of bread and provided hot meals to 15,000 people every day in 2018, the statement added.

In addition, the group provides clothing to needy families through its charity stores in five different locations in Syria.

Since the civil war began in 2011, the group has sent 866 truckloads of humanitarian aid, the statement said.

The foundation also repaired 160 mosques and refurnished 268 others in the country, it added.

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