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Russians send over 30 tons of aid to Syria
April 15, 2013, 9:04 am

[AP]

Russia has announced plans to send more planes bringing relief and humanitarian aid to the Middle East states [AP]

An aid package has been collected all around Russia for those in need in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

About 70,000 people have died in Syria since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad in March 2011, according to UN figures.

The Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society, that arranged the collection of aid, says they have also managed to raise over 2 million rubles ($64,200).

Among other items people brought grains, sugar, toys, medication and living essentials.

Last week, a Russian emergencies ministry plane delivered 26.7 tons of humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

According to the Lebanese Disasters Emergency Committee, there are over 400,000 Syrian refugees in the country.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said in late January that his small country’s capabilities had been exhausted, but Syrian refugees were still coming.

He called on other Arab states to help not only financially, but also to give shelter to those fleeing the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Russia has announced plans to send more planes bringing relief and humanitarian aid to the Middle East states, dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis.

Fighting has spilled over on several occasions into neighbouring states, including Lebanon, Turkey and Israel, stoking fears that those countries could be dragged into the conflict.

Daria Chernyshova

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