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UAE to set up large camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan: Hamdan bin Zayed

posted on 04/09/2012: 2669 views



Amman: The UAE will pitch a camp for Syrian refugees at Mafraq in Jordan, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA), announced yesterday.

He said the first phase of the four-phase Emirates camp would accommodate 2,700 refugees and would be jointly run by the UAE RCA and its Jordanian counterpart.

'Humanitarian situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan is getting worse and we should move quickly to secure decent living staples along with medical and relief services especially to women and children,' Sheikh Hamdan said during a tour of the UAE-Jordan Mobile Hospital.

'Syria is dear to us and we hope the situation returns to normalcy and even better. We also hope refugees get back to their homeland and enjoy security and safety,' he added.

The UAE, Sheikh Hamdan, indicated, is a bright model of giving that knows no boundaries and limits when facing a humanitarian challenge.

Sheikh Hamdan said the UAE had become a headline of charity and giving across the world thanks to the consistent support and generosity of its leadership for humanitarian works.

Sheikh Hamdan expressed UAE's sincere desire to offer a helping hand to all those in need around the world in implementation of instructions given by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Their Highnesses Rulers of Emirates.

The hospital is originally based at Mafraq but was shifted to Syrian refugee camps to ease their human and health suffering.

Dr. Adel Al Shameri, Executive Director of the Hospital, briefed Sheikh Hamdan on the world-class diagnostic, curative and preventive services the health facility provides to thousands of Syrian refugees. Sheikh Hamdan was also informed about the operational plan of the hospital and coordination with Jordanian authorities.

During the tour, Sheikh Hamdan talked with a number of patients and enquired about their health condition.

Sponsored by a group of UAE humanitarian agencies including the RCA, the Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, the hospital was launched last week by the Zayed Giving Initiative and is run by a joint Emirati-Jordanian technical and medical team of 80 members. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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