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UNICEF Rushes Relief Supplies to Afghan Region - 2001-09-22


The U-N Children's Fund -- UNICEF -- says it is rushing relief supplies into the Afghanistan region to help cope with what is being called a humanitarian catastrophe.

With thousands of refugees fleeing Afghanistan amid fears of U-S military action, UNICEF says the first of six planned humanitarian relief flights will go to Turkmenistan.

The first flight is leaving from UNICEF's supply base in Copenhagen and is carrying 130-thousand dollars worth of critical medical, shelter and other relief supplies.

UNICEF is positioning supplies in four Central Asian countries to help large numbers of Afghan refugees.

UNICEF and other international aid organizations pulled out of Afghanistan fearing possible U-S militarystrikes in response to last week's terrorist attacks.

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