New Syrian Corridor Opens for Iraq Aid
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) _ Food and basic supplies were hauled into Iraq from Syria on Friday, giving the U.N. World Food Program its fourth corridor to funnel humanitarian aid to Iraqis.
Donations of flour, lentils, powdered milk, vegetable oil, sugar and other emergency supplies already have been sent to Iraq from Turkey, Iran and Jordan.
A fleet of trucks carrying several hundred tons of flour crossed the border bound for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Friday, the Food Program said. Thousands more tons of flour are on the way.
Meanwhile, aid workers in Turkey have received a shipment of wheat donated by the United States that is believed to be the largest international food donation since the war began.
The 31,407 tons of wheat will be processed into flour and is expected to be shipped to Iraq within two weeks.
``We thank the U.S. government for this one, and we hope other nations, including the United States, will send the Iraqi people what they feel they can,″ said Heather Hill, a spokeswoman for World Food Program.
In the past month, the U.N. agency has sent tens of thousands of supplies to northern Iraq. Earlier this week, the agency sent about 30 trucks of lentils and sugar to the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
Also Friday, UNICEF sent three trucks carrying water, sanitation supplies and tarpaulins for tents. The donations will be distributed to the northern Iraqi cities of Dohuk, Irbil and Sulaymaniyah, spokeswoman Ruth Leano said.
UNICEF has sent about $2 million in emergency health supplies to Iraq through Turkey since the war began, Leano said.