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RCS relief aid crosses into Iraq

posted on 30/03/2003: 780 views

Amman - Three trucks carrying 70 tonnes of foodstuff and relief aid crossed a checkpoint on Jordan-Iraq border yesterday for distribution among the people in war-stricken Iraq. The truckloads are the first batch of humanitarian aid the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) has vowed to extend to the Iraqi people in a bid to alleviate their ordeal. As the trucks crossed the border into Iraq a RCS delegation, headed by Dr. Saleh Al Taie, had returned by road from Baghdad last night after spending four days there. The truckloads consist of 20 tonnes of sugar, 30 tonnes of rice, 1500 cartons of macaroni and 2400 bottles of vegetable oil. The trucks are expected to arrive in Baghdad tonight for Iraq Red Crescent Society to distribute their loads among the bodies as agreed with the RCS.

The RCS delegation headed to Baghdad last Tuesday from Jordan. The delegation held various meetings with Iraqi officials in medical and health aspects, and reached an agreement with Hisham Al Saadon, the Chief of the Iraq Red Crescent, to implement the "UAE Charity Bread " project which will cost 87,5 million dollars. Under the agreement, the UAE RCS should provide tonnes of flour to Baghdad, enough for making about 10,000 loaves daily for distribution to hospitals, orphanages and social care bodies in various areas of Iraq. The UAE RCS visited a number of hospitals in Baghdad and distributed token gifts among the injured victims of the U.S bombardment. Also, the RCS distributed packages of medicine for use in emergency surgical operations at any spot. The RCS delegation is supposed to return to Abu Dhabi on Sunday. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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