Last Updated: Wed Feb 29, 2012 14:45 pm (KSA) 11:45 am (GMT)

A Saudi charity organization sends 2,800 food baskets to Syrian refugees

Around 1,600 food baskets were distributed to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and 1,200 others were given to refugees in Jordan. (File photo)
Around 1,600 food baskets were distributed to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and 1,200 others were given to refugees in Jordan. (File photo)

The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), a Saudi-based charity, has sent urgent relief assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, IIRO’s Secretary General Adnan bin Khalil Basha said on Wednesday.

Basha said that around 1,600 food baskets were distributed to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and 1,200 others were given to refugees in Jordan.

Each food basket weights about 23 kilograms, containing various foodstuff materials including rice, sugar, powder milk, cooking oil, lentil , cheese, macaroni, tuna and sardines, IRRO said, adding that is enough to sustain a medium family for about a month.

Basha who called for regional and international humanitarian and charity organizations to expedite sending relief assistance to the Syrian refugees, said “this is a humanitarian duty which is imperative on all.”

IIRO promised to continue its assistance to the Syrian refugees wherever they may be until the end of the current predicament.

Helping other Syrians who are displaced inside their own country has been difficult.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that it finally managed to deliver food and other supplies to the Syrian cities of Homs and Idlib on Tuesday but that better security was needed before the aid could be distributed to needy civilians.

It was vital that both Syrian authorities and opposition groups agree to implement a daily humanitarian ceasefire to allow in life-saving aid, the independent agency said.

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