Volunteers from the Greater Manchester area join an aid convoy of 20 former NHS ambulances to a hospital in Idlib in northwestern Syria. The convoy leaves Oakley Avenue in Great Lever, Bolton, to make the 4,000-mile journey to deliver the ambulances loaded with medical equipment that includes defibrillators, stethoscopes and oxygen content. Volunteer Kasim Jameel, from Farnworth, organised the convoy along with eight other volunteers from Bolton and the UK Arab Society. The group includes taxi driver Alan Henning, from Eccles in Greater Manchester. The trip is made in memory of Abbas Khan, the UK orthopedic surgeon who was arrested by Abbas security forces and died in custody earlier in December. The group carry signs saying ‘RIP Abbas Khan’ and one saying ‘Syria is calling we will answer’.
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