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UNICEF Plans to Airlift Relief Supplies to Afghans - 2001-09-21


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says it plans to airlift urgently needed relief supplies to the Afghan region.

The operation is aimed at easing the ongoing humanitarian crisis there.

UNICEF said in a statement released today (Friday) the first of six flights loaded with medical supplies, drinking water, water purification tablets and other relief items, will leave /rebfrom Copenhagen this weekend, headed for Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan sits on the northwest border of Afghanistan and is one of four countries in which UNICEF is positioning supplies, should large numbers of Afghans seek refuge there.

The shipment includes enough basic supplies to serve a population of 100 thousand people for three months.

UNICEF says it has more than three million dollars worth of relief supplies in the pipeline to help people in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.

The agency has withdrawn its staff from Afghanistan in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. It is coordinating the relief effort from Islamabad in neighboring Pakistan.

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