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Bristol kebab van owner Sakir Yildirim on Syria mercy mission

Sakir Yildirim delivers an ambulance he drove from Bristol to Gaza in February 2009
Image caption Mr Yildirim drove an ambulance from Bristol to Gaza in 2009

A kebab van owner from Bristol has set off on a "one man mercy mission" to Syria.

Sakir Yildirim flew to Germany earlier, where he is due to collect a left hand drive ambulance he has bought.

He then plans to drive across Europe to conflict-hit Syria, collecting medical supplies along the way.

Mr Yildirim has provided similar aid to Gaza and Turkey, and was on board a Turkish aid flotilla when it was stormed by Israeli commandos in 2010.

He said he raised the funds for the trip by collecting from friends, family, mosques, and charities.

'Round the corner'

Mr Yildirim, from Fishponds, said he also wanted to buy toys for Syrian children.

In 2009, Mr Yildirim drove an ambulance from Bristol across France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey to the Gaza Strip.

On his arrival in Syria, he said he would donate the ambulance to a local hospital.

"After driving to Gaza that's nothing, it's only round the corner," he said.

"I'm a human being and all you've got to do is think what if that was you on the other side needing help.

"I'm human and I want to help people."

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