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Hungary sending aid to earthquake-hit Syria

The Hungarian government is sending 47 tonnes of aid to victims of the February earthquake in Syria, the foreign minister said on Tuesday.

The aid package, sent as part of the Hungary Helps programme, will leave for Trieste early on Tuesday, to be shipped from there to Syria, the ministry quoted Peter Szijjarto as saying.

The package includes generators, clothing, protective gear and other medical equipment.

“Hungary is helping people in trouble worldwide,” the minister said at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport as he left for Brussels to attend a meeting of the European Union’s energy council, the ministry’s statement said.

Szijjarto noted that the Hungarian government has sent several aid packages to Turkey, adding that the earthquakes had ravaged Syria’s north-eastern parts too. Rescue operations in those parts of Syria were made difficult because of an “extremely complicated political and security situation” and “hardly any of the international aid sent is reaching the people living there”.

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