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January 08, 2013

Besieged Syrians Flood Turkish Charity With Pleas for Help

Short of food, fuel, blankets, and other necessities as a result of Syria's civil war, residents of border communities are inundating a noted Turkish aid organization with pleas for supplies, according to McClatchy Newspapers.

The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation said its office in the Turkish border city of Reyhanli daily receives 20 to 25 petitions for assistance from Syrian civilians in rebel-held areas reportedly suffering daily bomb attacks by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. The charity sends 20 to 30 truckloads of goods into Syria a day.

Little known outside Turkey until recent years, IHH gained international notoriety for its role in a May 2010 aid flotilla that aimed to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza. Nine people on a ship sent by IHH were killed when the Israeli navy raided the vessel.