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Turkey aids Qatar with 5,000 tons of food to break blockade

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Staff Writer | June 17, 2017
Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said Saturday that his country has supplied 5,000 tons of food to Qatar facing a blockade by a number of Muslim countries.
Nihat Zeybekci
Ban   Turkey has been siding with Qatar
The minister said the supplies were sent to Qatar with 71 planes after the Gulf country was plunged into a crisis on June 5, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and some other countries severed diplomatic ties and closed off sea, air and land links to Doha, accusing it of funding terrorism, hosting terrorists and interfering with their internal affairs.

"Our shipments via sea route will also begin this weekend," Zeybekci said at a TV program in Istanbul. "Right now our trucks are on their way."

"Turkey could supply all the humanitarian needs of Qatar," he was quoted as saying by the Haberturk daily.

Turkey has been siding with Qatar and pushing for a settlement through dialogue.