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UN Says First of Three Emergency Airlifts for Afghanistan Arrive in Uzbekistan

UN Says First of Three Emergency Airlifts for Afghanistan Arrive in Uzbekistan

From: VOA

GENEVA — The United Nations refugee agency says the first of three emergency airlifts of relief supplies for Afghanistan that landed in Termez, Uzbekistan, Friday will be followed by two more flights this week.

With Afghan airports closed to commercial traffic, the U.N. refugee agency has diverted flights to the Uzbekistan border town of Termez, which will act as the epicenter of a massive Afghan relief operation.

UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said the three planes together are delivering more than 100 metric tons of shelter materials, blankets, plastic sheeting, and other supplies to help Afghans withstand the rigors of winter.

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