Turkey sending medical aid to Pakistan, Palestine

Turkey is sending medical aid to Pakistan and Palestine to help them battle the COVID-19 coronavirus, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Thursday.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Turkey would provide COVID-19 test kits, masks and special clothing to the country's health authorities.

Meanwhile, Turkey donated personal protective equipment to Pakistan on Wednesday along with a Turkish Airlines flight to evacuate Turkish citizens in the country.

"A special Turkish Airlines flight brought 20,000 masks, 50,000 protective suits and 100,000 face shields for our Pakistani brothers and sisters," Turkish Ambassador to Islamabad Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul told Anadolu.

Pakistani authorities also provided Turkey with one million tablets of chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, which has been used to treat coronavirus patients in Turkey, the news agency said.