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    MOSCOW, January 6, 2004. /RIA Novosti/ -- Ilyushin Il-76 transport airplane of the Russian Emergency Ministry left on Tuesday for Iran with humanitarian aid for the city of Bam that suffered in an earthquake.

    "In compliance with the Russian government's decree, the plane will deliver to the Iranian city of Shiraz 14.5 metric tons of medicines, 72 living tents and 72 heating devices for Bam residents," the ministry's information department reported.

    On December 31st, the first Russian plane brought 20 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Iran, the ministry recalled. People received tents, blankets, warm clothes, generators and water installation filters.

    "We expect that humanitarian aid to Iran will be increased. Part of cargoes can be delivered to the country by land," the ministry added.

    The powerful earthquake in Iran on December 26th killed over 30,000 citizens of the city of Bam.

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