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UAE helps to build hope for the future

posted on 29/10/2006: 1474 views



The UAE initiative to support the reconstruction process in Lebanon has started in an integrated relief effort that caters to various aspects of life in the war-torn country. According to the project director general Mohammed Al Rumaithi, the initiative has three phases and the first is reconstruction.



He said: "The UAE will rebuild, repair or renovate 250 government and private schools, in the south [areas] and Nabatiyeh, as well as schools in other districts.” One 40-bed hospital will be built in Arqoub while two others, in Bint Jbeil and Marjiyoun, need renovation and maintenance.



Al Rumaithi added that basic services of electricity and water have been restored in villages.



The official said fishing ports have been repaired and material assistance has been extended to fishermen. Al Rumaithi said the most important part of the project is the one related to the de-mining drive to clear the area of mines and cluster bombs left by Israeli soldiers in the south during the latest aggression on Lebanon.

The project will cover the clearance of mine fields in the sixth area north of Litani River (Nabatiyah, Jizzin and Hasbaya), according to Al Rumaithi, who also said the project will handle the search for and destruction of cluster bombs in several areas of south Litani.



He said cluster bombs kill or maim people, mostly children and farmers. The drive will cover some 200 bomb sites, and is expected to clear south and north Litani of such bombs by December 2007. Al Rumaithi said the first part of the project actually started with the ceasefire when UAE teams set out to provide health services.



Thousands of food parcels have been delivered in Sidon, Tyre, Tripoli, Bekaa and southern border villages, he said, adding the UAE Red Crescent and Mohammed bin Rashid Charity and Humanitarian Foundation provided medical aid and focused on healthcare. (Al Bayan)

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