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Erdogan says Turkey will send 10,000 tonnes aid to Myanmar's Rohingya
September 6, 2017 / 12:04 PM / 3 months ago

Erdogan says Turkey will send 10,000 tonnes aid to Myanmar's Rohingya

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will provide 10,000 tonnes of aid to help Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talks to media in Istanbul, Turkey September 1, 2017. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

“I spoke with (Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi) yesterday. They opened the doors after our call,” Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling AK Party in Ankara.

He said Turkish aid agency TIKA was already delivering 1,000 tonnes of aid to camps for the displaced. “The second stage is 10,000 tonnes. Aid will be distributed,” Erdogan said.

Around 150,000 Rohingyas have fled northwest Myanmar to Bangladesh since violence broke out on August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive have killed at least 400 people.

Reporting by Daren Butler and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by David Dolan

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