Syria aid centre opens in Manchester

A new centre has opened in Manchester to help volunteers take aid to Syria.

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Syria aid centre to open

People living under a siege in Yarmouk camp Credit: PA Images

A new centre's to open in Manchester later to take aid to Syria. People will be able to bring donations of food, clothes and blankets and to get involved in packing them onto containers.

It's being supported by the police, the city council and Syria Relief to provide an alternative to travelling to Syria to help.

GMP Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “We know there are many people in Greater Manchester and nationally who want to support the millions of people who are caught up in the Syrian conflict.

"Anyone who does travel there is putting themselves in considerable danger and that is why this volunteering facility is so valuable right here in Greater Manchester, giving people the opportunity to donate and assist with the humanitarian effort without putting themselves and others in danger."

Chairman of Syria Relief, Dr Basil Hatahet said: "While the news currently focuses on the brutality of the war and the emergence of fundamentalist groups in Syria, the ever-worsening humanitarian situation and human suffering continue.

“This joint initiative between Syria Relief, Manchester City Council and Great Manchester Police invites the citizens of Manchester to help alleviate the suffering by giving their time and efforts, as well as their financial and in-kind donation in a safe and practical way."

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