Turkey’s top religious authority on Monday said the country would provide aid to needy people in dozens of countries during Ramadan, the Muslims’ holy fasting month.

In a news conference, Ali Erbas spoke on the policies of the Religious Affairs Directorate in Ramadan as well as performing religious duties amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives across the globe.

Erbas said the religious body would provide aid to needy people in 35 countries during the holy month, adding Ramadan would be observed under the virus’ dark shadow.

In 2019, the directorate distributed aid in

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