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Aid for Afghan Refugees Arrived in Iran - 2001-10-03


A planeload of more than 400 cold-weather tents from Britain has arrived in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad for use by refugees fleeing Afghanistan.

The shipment is part of a 37-million-dollar package Britain has pledged to aid Afghanistan. Another 800 tents are expected to arrive on Saturday. Along with Iran, the tents are destined for border areas in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, where Afghan refugees might travel as they flee expected military attacks against the Taleban and suspected hideouts of accused terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Meanwhile, United Nations humanitarian official Kenzo Oshima, visiting Mashhad, has called on Iran to re-open its border with Afghanistan, a call he made on Monday to Pakistan. Both countries are trying to stop an expected massive inflow of refugees, saying they have enough already.

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