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Another Shipment of Czech Humanitarian Aid to Syria

 

On December 12, 2016 a new shipment of humanitarian aid was delivered to Syria as a part of the Czech governmental program of providing humanitarian, developmental and reconstruction assistance to Syria in the years 2016 through 2019. The current consignment, provided by the Administration of State Material Reserves of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Czech Red Cross, contains dried milk and toys for children from private donors, one dialysis machine and four defibrillators. The shipment was delivered by the Czech military aircraft. Redistribution of the aid inside most parts of the country, including Aleppo, will be carried out by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

At the same time, from December 12 – 16, 2016, a group of members of the Committee on Petitions of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic will be visiting Syria. The MPs Zuzka Bebarová Rujbrová (KSČM), Ivana Dobešová (ANO), Radim Holeček (ODS) and Leo Luzar (KSČM) will hold talks on the situation within the region on ensuring humanitarian access to all parts of the country in compliance with the UN SC resolutions, as well as on bilateral Czech-Syrian relations. They will meet representatives of various humanitarian organizations – United Nations Development Programme, International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent. They will also visit centers for the internally displaced people and the Greek-Catholic Patriarchate in Damascus, where the Czech Republic implements a small local project to help the internally displaced people. Besides that they will also talk to their counterparts from the Syrian Parliament and will be received by Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Muallem, and also by Minister of Local Government, whose office is a key partner in the implementation of humanitarian projects in Syria. 

Since June 2016, the Czech Republic has already made four special deliveries of humanitarian aid based on the requirements of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Previous deliveries consisted of mobile field kitchens, wheel chairs, crutches, special bandages and four dialysis units with special accessories.

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