AZAZ, Syria

A Turkish aid group on Friday distributed relief assistance to 5,000 families around the northern Syrian town of Azaz on the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Unable to provide meals for iftar — breaking fast — due to measures against the novel coronavirus, the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) distributed local families with food packages.

Yakup Alaca, the IHH representative in the southern Kilis province of Turkey, said the group chose to deliver packages instead of organizing a mass iftar event due to coronavirus.

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