Qatar emergency aid to benefit 1.5 million Syrian refugees

December 22, 2013 - 4:54:36 am

DOHA: Under the directives of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Qatar has provided emergency assistance that will benefit 1.5 million Syrian refugees.

The assistance is to help the refugees living in camps and outside to cope with the winter and alleviate their suffering.

The Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has been assigned to coordinate with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the delivery of the aid and to ensure it reaches the needy as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Qatar launched the fifth phase of its relief campaign targeting Syrian refugees in Lebanon who are experiencing a difficult humanitarian situation after the onset of winter.

$60m campaign

The $60m campaign aims to provide food, clothing and medical aid to about 680,000 Syrian refugees who are badly hit by the severe cold wave in the Bekaa Valley and many other parts of Lebanon.

The campaign was expanded to include the Bekaa, Metn, Kesrouan and Jbiel regions, in addition to areas north and east of the Bekaa Valley, the northern Bekaa, Akkar, Tripoli, Dennie and Alia. 

QRC distributed aid worth $68m to Syrian refugees in Lebanon in the previous four stages, including ambulances, a field hospital, health centres, medicines and foodstuff. 

Qatar has also provided assistance to Syrians displaced inside Syria and on its borders with Turkey and Jordan. 

The Peninsula

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