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Iran sends 60-truck aid convoy to Iraq

Iran has sent a 60-truck convoy, shipping relief assistance, for the Iraqi people, the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee said Tuesday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The convoy, carrying sugar, blankets, cooking oil, rice, cereals, detergents and bottles for drinking water, were shipped to the committee's representative offices in the western and southern provinces of West Azarbaijan, Ilam, Kermanshah and Khuzestan for delivery to the Iraqi people.

Iran's fifth aid convoy arrived in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Najaf on Monday. It carried 80 tons of food, including rice, sugar, powdered milk and oil, which were immediately distributed among local residents.

Farhad Khoda-Bakhshi, the official in charge of the aid convoy, said that the Iranian Red Crescent Society has delivered 815 tons of foodstuff to war-stricken neighboring Iraq thus far.

Iran's first relief convoy, carrying 15 bladder water tanks, 500 sets of purification kits, 500 hygienic parcels, a number of beds, 30 wheel-chairs, 500 surgical gloves and 500 towels, arrived in Baghdad Sunday, IRCS said.

IRCS has sent another aid consignment to the holy city of Karbala, it said Thursday. The society said that the 120-ton package comprised of food, medicine and clothes, worth Rls 1.58 billion (about dlrs 200,000).

It included 40,000 kg of rice, 60,000 tins of food, 8,000 bags of bread, 8,000 sets of health kits, 20 tons of cooking oil, eight tons of dates, 40 tons of flour and sugar, 6,000 bars of soap, and clothes for 40,000 people.

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