’Compassion Ship’ delivers humanitarian aid to Yemen

February 29, 2016

The Turkish relief ship Şefkat Gemisi (Compassion Ship) reached Yemen's de facto capital of Aden on Thursday with food and medical supplies. The vessel delivered 5,400 tons of humanitarian assistance to Yemen. More than 6,100 people have been killed in fighting since March, when a Saudi-led coalition, including Qatari forces, initiated a military intervention in Yemen against Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels. Previously, on Feb. 14, 6,000 tons of humanitarian aid was sent to Yemen on a ship sent from Mersin. In a statement released on the same day, the Foreign Ministry said Turkey would continue to stand by Yemen during the difficult period as it always had in the past. According to the UN, 3,000 people have been wounded and 2.5 million forced to flee their homes. Donor organizations such as Qatar Charity and the Kuwait-based International Islamic Charitable Organization pledged more than $220 million of humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen in a conference held in Doha on Wednesday: http://www.todayszaman.com/diplomacy_compassion-ship-delivers-humanitari...

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