Turkey to send humanitarian aid to Syria's Kobani

Donations will be collected by the Turkish Red Crescent and sent to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) for war-weary Syrians in the town.

Turkey to send humanitarian aid to Syria's Kobani

The Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) will collect humanitarian aid for Syria's Kurdish-populated town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab), which has been deeply affected by the civil war in the country and which aid workers have been unable to reach with much-needed assistance. A request from the residents of Şanlıurfa's Suruç district was sent to the Şanlıurfa governorate by the district governor and then approved by the Labor and Social Security Ministry and Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Donations will be collected by the Turkish Red Crescent and sent to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) for war-weary Syrians in the town.

District Governor of Suruç Abdullah Çiftçi said that all the required authorizations have been obtained in order to assist with the shipment of the humanitarian aid to the Syrian people that live in Kobani.

“Our government has a principle to help all helpless people around the world as part of its humanitarian approach and that is held above all political opinions. As the representative of such a government, we will send aid to our brothers in Kobani with the help of the Turkish Red Crescent,” said Çiftçi.

Emphasizing that they will do their best to send humanitarian aid through government channels, Çiftçi said that victimized people will receive some relief with this help though it won't solve all the problems.

It has been nearly three years since the civil war in Syria began. Approximately 110,000 people have lost their lives and many more have been wounded and displaced in the ongoing violence. More than two million Syrians also live as refugees in the neighboring countries.

Muslim asserts Turkish citizens join the rebels

While in the border city of Şanlıurfa, where Turkish citizens have launched aid campaigns to help the Syrian people, Salih Muslim, the leader of Syria's Democratic Union Party (PYD) -- an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), accused Turkey of escalating the violence on the Turkish-Syrian border and said that Turkish citizens have begun to join the rebels in order to fight against the PYD.

In an interview published in the Taraf daily on Wednesday, Muslim reiterated statements that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party ) have a hand in the atrocities committed by extremist groups who are fighting against the regime in Syria.

Saying that Turkey showed fighters how to cross minefields near the Turkish side of the Ceylanpınar border crossing to the east of Rasulayn, (Serekaniye in Kurdish, across from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain) and lifted barbed wire for rebels to go in and out easily. Muslim also stated that Turkey has been supporting the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham, extremist Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda organizations to inflame the hostility between them and the PYD.

Asserting that Turkey had triggered clashes between opposition groups, Muslim noted that in his early meetings with Turkish officials he told the officials about dirty games being played under the name of non-governmental organizations.

“Turkey's government treats the fighters who are wounded in clashes with us. However, when our civilians get wounded, they don't see any help from Turkey. Recently three of our people died in Viranşehir [Şanlıurfa province] because they didn't get medical treatment in time,” Muslim said and added: “Turkish citizens -- and there are also Kurds among them -- join the rebels. Three Turkish citizens recently lost their lives fighting with our members and were sent back to Turkey for their funerals, but it didn't get any attention."

Muslim, giving a speech at a cultural festival in Stockholm in mid-Sept., said acts such as beheading people and biting into their hearts in the 21st century were from a culture that prevailed 1,500 years ago and claimed that Erdoğan had a hand in such atrocities. The PYD leader said violent and barbaric thugs had launched massacres against Syrian civilians.

Recently, the PYD leader also said they may consider opening an office in Ankara, though officials from the Foreign Ministry said Turkey had not received a request from the PYD for such a move.

Muslim's most recent visit to Turkey was in mid-August, during which a delegation from the Foreign Ministry held talks with Muslim in İstanbul. The PYD leader is expected to pay another visit to Ankara soon, according to recent reports that appeared in the Turkish media.


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