Saudi announces new aid package for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri announced a new aid program for Syrian refugees in Riyadh’s embassy in Qoreitem Wednesday, as a part of The Saudi National Campaign to Support Brethren in Syria.
The event was attended by UNHCR representative in Lebanon Ninette Kelley and President of the Saudi National Campaign Walid al-Jallal.
Asiri said the new aid program would spend $1.8 million over the next six months, providing 1,000 Syrian families with shelter. In the next few weeks, Riyadh will also distribute food aid to displaced families.
Asiri said Saudi assistance would further provide refugees with 150 tons of dates and 17,000 milk containers. The kingdom will also continue treating sick and wounded Syrians in Lebanese hospitals, assuring they would receive adequate treatment.
Previously, the campaign has allocated approximately $3.7 million in relief aid for 8,000 Syrian families and set up eight reception and shelter centers in Lebanon during 2012.
Saudi Arabia also provided food and blankets to 1,000 refugee families in collaboration with the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development and the Union of Aid Organizations for Syrian Refugees in Sidon on Jan. 04, 2013.
The diplomatic mission distributed 100,000 blankets for Syrian refugees in Lebanon on July 4, 2012, as a part of the campaign, conducted in cooperation with the Coalition of Charities for the Relief of Syrian Refugees.