Turkish Red Crescent sends food aid to war-weary Yemen

            <p>By Shoukry Hussein</p>    <p>ADEN, Yemen (AA) - The Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) has distributed more than 8,000 food packages to refugees and students in Yemen's Maarib and Al-Jawf provinces.</p>    <p>The TRC distributed the packages on Monday in cooperation with the Kuwait-run Istijabah charitable foundation.</p>    <p>Mustafa Aydin, a TRC official, told Anadolu Agency that the aid had been distributed to refugees hailing from Yemen’s Sanaa, Al-Hudaydah, Taiz, Hajjah, Saada and Rimah provinces.</p>    <p>Yemen has been wracked by chaos since 2014, when the Houthi rebel group overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa. </p>    <p>The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.</p>    <p>Since then, thousands of people -- including numerous civilians -- are believed to have been killed in the conflict, while the UN has repeatedly warned that some 14 million Yemenis remain at risk of famine.</p>    <p>Turkey is a major contributor of humanitarian aid to the crisis-stricken country.</p>  <p><br></p>  <p>*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat</p>