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Agencies mount effort to aid Afghan neighbors

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GENEVA — Aid agencies are mounting a massive relief effort to countries around Afghanistan, dispatching tents and medicines to deal with the worsening humanitarian crisis ahead of expected U.S. military action, officials said Friday.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said it would fly plastic shelter materials to Pakistan from its warehouse in Denmark, where it has stockpiles for 1 million people. It planned to send nearly 30,000 extra tents to border regions, said UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond.

He said the Japanese government was also planning to airlift relief supplies.

The U.N. Children's Fund announced an airlift of $130,000 worth of medical and shelter supplies and water purification tablets to Turkmenistan, on the northwest border of Afghanistan.