The Emirates Red Crescent’s (ERC’s) team at Mrajeeb Al Fhood camp in Jordan began yesterday (Wednesday) distributing winter relief aid and food stuff to refugees in Jordan as part of a massive UAE humanitarian mission to keep refugees warm and fed during the harsh winter weather.

The gesture came in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to launch a humanitarian air bridge, reaching across to the refugees, providing them relief from the harsh winter conditions caused by snowstorm Huda currently hitting the Levant.

Two plane loads, part of many others to follow, were sent as a tranche in this humanitarian air bridge. The planes, carrying aid to mitigate the harsh impact of winter, were meant for refugees and other affected people in Jordan.

The International Humanitarian City (IHC) is working to provide fuel and heating materials to 2,000 affected families, in addition to food supplies to meet the needs of 35,000 people.

Various UAE organisations and government and societal departments are continuing with their humanitarian initiatives, launched last Tuesday under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President, and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. All such initiatives are aimed to aid one million refugees and relieve them of their suffering as a result of the harsh winter conditions caused by snowstorm Huda currently hitting the Levant.

The Emirati aid had reached the areas affected by the snowstorm yesterday (Wednesday), before even the arrival of the snow storm in that area. The UAE humanitarian organisations were one of the first ones to implement humanitarian assistance in the wake of 12 hours of the launch of this campaign.

The first of the many planes in this humanitarian airbridge, departing from the International Humanitarian City last Wednesday, landed in Jordan early Wednesday morning.

The UAE Red Crescent, under the supervision of the UAE Consulate General in Erbil, had implemented the “UAE Compassion” Campaign to assist the refugees.

The ERC has kept ready winter clothing and blankets, produced by the ERC Tailoring Workers at refugee camps, as well as beds and heaters to be distributed to families in the camps, which accommodate over 250,000 refugees.