UAE aid to over 20,000 Libyans

TUNIS — Over the past four months, UAE-sponsored refugee camps in Ras Jdir and Dhahbiya at Libyan-Tunisian borders offered 5,000 tonnes of humanitarian assistance to 22,545 refugees, a top UAE aid worker said.

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Published: Mon 27 Jun 2011, 10:17 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:41 AM

“Clinics have also provided healthcare services to 13,385 refugees,” Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Aziz, head of the UAE joint relief team, said, adding that Ras Jdir welcomed 15,862 refuges while Dhahbiya received 6,683.

A high-level UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) delegation led by its chairman Ahmed Humaid Al Mazrouie is in Tunisia to assess the humanitarian situation of refugees in these camps in order to meet future requirements.

At Dhahbiya camp, which dedicated to Libyan families who crossed the borders into Tunisia fleeing conflict in Libya, the delegation inspected services offered to refugees in areas of food, health, education and sheltering.

The camp is housing 6,683 refugees.

Al Mazrouie assured the refugees of the UAE’s sincere desire to improve their living conditions until their calamity is over. The medical officer of the mobile hospital said 18 Emirati health professionals are running the health facility around the clock. “The hospital has a capacity of 50 beds which can be increased to 100 bed in case of emergency,’ he added. Al Mazrouie said the UAE’s humanitarian operations to mitigate the suffering caused by the Libyan crisis had elicited appreciation from the international community and relief organisations.

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