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Ship carrying aid for Somalia sets sail from Istanbul

(Xinhua)

10:31, August 20, 2011

ISTANBUL, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- A Turkish ship carrying aid for drought-stricken Somalia set sail from Turkey's largest city of Istanbul on Friday.

The semi-official Anatolia news agency reported that the Burak A set sail from Istanbul carrying aid worth of seven million Turkish liras (about four million U.S. dollars).

The aid consists of food supplies, medical equipment, tents, blankets and machinery.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Somalia earlier Friday accompanied by a large delegation.

He visited camps set up by Turkish relief agencies and met with Somali officials.

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