UAE to help house Palestinian refugees in Syria

April 11th, 2008 - 12:25 pm ICT by admin  

Abu Dhabi, April 11 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority (UAE -RCA) and United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) have signed an agreement to develop a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, WAM news agency reported Friday. Under this agreement, the RCA would provide $5 million for financing the project while UNRWA would supervise the execution of the project, which includes construction of 140 residential units to house 670,000 refugees and a health centre.

“The rehabilitation of al-Nayrab camp, which was constructed 60 years ago, has been a major concern for UNRWA and inhabitants as its houses are dilapidated and on the verge of collapse,” said Peter Ford, commissioner-general of UNRWA.

Ford praised the humanitarian work of UAE-RCA in the region and announced that the UAE had recently donated $4 million for delivery of food items to refugees in Gaza strip through UNRWA.

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