QRCS deploys humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza [EN/AR] – occupied Palestinian territory

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January 16, 2022 ― Doha: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has deployed a humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza, with tons of food and relief packages to help victims of the 2021 Gaza war.

Coordinated with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society (ERC) and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), the convoy was deployed from Egypt and entered Gaza through the Rafah border crossing. He was received by the representatives of the PRCS and the QRCS, who will start distributing aid very soon.

Dr. Akram Nassar, head of the QRCS’s representative office in Gaza, said the aid convoy was part of the organization’s humanitarian interventions for those affected by the war, which left thousands of families behind. homeless and hundreds of homes and residential buildings destroyed.

“At the PRCS centers in Gaza, food and relief packages will be delivered to the 12,000 beneficiaries most affected by the recent war, at a total cost of QR 500,000,” he added.

QRCS works to ensure the continuity of services in vital sectors, to improve living conditions in the blockade. These include health care, water and sanitation, livelihoods and housing. Since 2008, QRCS has completed more than 80 projects in Gaza, with a total value of $120 million.

QRCS was at the forefront of the humanitarian response to the escalation in Al-Quds in May and the subsequent bombardment of residential areas and civilian/humanitarian facilities in Gaza, sadly including the QRCS representative office, with 2 killed and 10 wounded. It was a flagrant violation of all international conventions and values, of the four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols.

In the aftermath of the war, QRCS allocated $1 million from its Emergency Response Fund to initiate an emergency relief program which involved the deployment of a field hospital; the provision of medical equipment, supplies and ambulances for the PRCS ambulance and emergency service; and upgrading of IT systems/infrastructure at Al-Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital in Al-Quds.

At the time, QRCS launched a QR60 million fundraising campaign for Palestine, to provide humanitarian aid to more than 500,000 people. Food parcels were distributed, medical and psychological consultations were organized and intensive training was organized for 60 doctors and nurses to strengthen their skills in emergency assessment. In addition, emergency departments have been equipped with vital signs monitors and most hospitals in Gaza have been equipped with medical tents, beds and consumables.

In September 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by QRCS and ERC, as a framework for bilateral cooperation towards common humanitarian objectives. Another agreement was then signed to deploy food and non-food aid convoys for the people of Gaza, as part of the Palestine relief campaign.

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About the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteer organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable people and communities without bias or discrimination.

The QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 191 National Societies. The QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.

QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. QRCS humanitarian actions include support for disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare and social development to local communities. She is also active on the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of an extensive network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, volunteerism, unity and universality.

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