Monday, 16 October, 2017

Exclusive photos: Iran sends first humanitarian aid shipment to Rohingya Muslims

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Iran’s first humanitarian aid shipment was sent to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar through Bangladesh on Friday.

The consignment weighing around 40 tons includes foodstuff and medical supplies. It was loaded onto a cargo plane by Iran’s Red Crescent Society and headed to Bangladesh on Friday morning.

“The convoy was sent to Bangladesh by the collaboration of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iran Air Force,” Fars News quoted Head of Relief and Rescue Organization of Iran’s Red Crescent Organization Mortza Salimi as saying.

He pointed to Myanmar government’s blocking of humanitarian aid sent by Iran, and said, “They were sent by support of Iran’s mission in Bangladesh.”

Prior to the 2015 Rohingya refugee crisis and the military crackdown in 2016 and 2017, the Rohingya population in Myanmar was around 1.1 to 1.3 million. They reside mainly in the northern Rakhine townships.

Many Rohingyas have fled to neighboring states. More than 100,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar live in camps for internally displaced persons, not allowed by authorities to leave.

Below are the exclusive photos of Realiran‘s reporter from the Iranian first humanitarian aid shipment to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

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Photos by: Mehdi Babaei (Realiran reporter)

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