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UNICEF Iran sends 40 tons of high protein biscuits and medical supplies for Iraqi children to Baghdad today

Tehran, 30 April 2003 – Two trucks carrying high protein biscuits and medical supplies provided by UNICEF Iran crossed the Khosravi border point in western Iran today en route for Baghdad.

UNICEF staff in the Iraqi capital will distribute the biscuits and health supplies to medical centers and hospitals in Baghdad. This is UNICEF Iran’s first medical convoy to Iraq, following two tanker convoys which took supplies of drinking water to Al-Fao peninsula in southern Iraq earlier this month.

Today’s convoy – the first movement of UN relief supplies through the Khosravi crossing point -- is expected to pave the way for other similar ventures, according to Kari Egge, UNICEF Representative in Teheran.

“The distance from the Khosravi border point to Baghdad is just 160 kilometres,” said Ms Egge. “Given that proximity, the route has an important potential as a corridor for relief aid into central Iraq.”

Ms Egge added that similar convoys are being organized, and would be leaving for Baghdad and other major Iraqi cities in the coming days and weeks.

Wednesday’s cargo – comprising 20 tons of high protein biscuits, 100 boxes of Oral Re-hydration Salts (ORS), and 10 emergency health kits with complementary equipment -- are sufficient for the needs of 100,000 people, for a period of three months.

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For further information please contact us:.

Ms. Kari Egge, UNICEF Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tel: +98 21 2594944; Mobile: 0911 2082569, Email: kegge@unicef.org

Luc Chauvin, Programme Officer, UNICEF-Iran, Tel: +98 21 2594929; Mobile: 0911 2082567, Email: lchauvin@unicef.org

For interviews in the region, write or call directly to the UNICEF NewsDesk in Amman:

(962-79) 50422058




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