Islamic group gets Syria's approval to send aid

By REUTERS
March 13, 2012 15:23




JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The world's largest Islamic body said on Tuesday it had received permission by Damascus to send humanitarian aid to Syria, and will send a team there soon to assess the population's needs.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), whose 57 members include conflict-stricken Syria, said preparations are under way for the assessment mission.

Last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad's government requested more time to assess a demand by UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos for "unhindered access" for aid, Amos said after a visit to Syria.

"Preparations are underway for an assessment mission to depart to Syria and to the site of refugees on the borders of Turkey and Jordan," OIC spokesman Tariq Bakhiet said.


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