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Red Crescent, Etihad volunteers visit field hospital in Jordan

They distributed relief goods among Syrian refugees

  • WAM
  • Published: 21:00 October 16, 2013
  • Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Volunteers from Etihad Airways and the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) recently visited the Emirati Jordanian field hospital in Al Mafraq and the Muraijeb Al Fhood camp to distribute basic humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees.

The Etihad Airways-ERC initiative builds on the work of previous humanitarian missions to distribute relief goods and more than 50,000 airline blankets to refugees in the Al Za’atari camp, where volunteers provided hands-on support and made a difference to the lives of refugees.

The United Nations released information this week confirming that the number of Syrian refugees now exceeds two million, more than half of whom are children. More than 5,000 refugees continue to leave Syria every day.

Etihad Airways and the ERC have been actively involved in supporting the affected Syrian population since the outbreak of the unrest. Their combined efforts in reaching people both inside and outside Syria have played an essential role in providing humanitarian assistance from the UAE to the Syrian people.

Etihad Airways’ president and CEO James Hogan said: “Etihad Airways is very pleased to be able to offer logistics assistance in support of the significant humanitarian aid provided by the UAE government. I am especially proud of our staff, both from the UAE and Jordan, who have committed their time to provide ongoing help to alleviate the stress and suffering in this crisis.”

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