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British Red Cross ups aid to tackle worsening violence in Syria

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A volunteer helps a young child in Syria

15 February 2012

Aid is reaching people affected by violence in Syria, where the Red Cross is one of the few aid agencies working effectively with people affected by the unrest.

In Homs, Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers – supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – are distributing food, medical supplies, blankets, and hygiene consumables to thousands of people affected by the increasing violence. A convoy loaded with these supplies entered the city yesterday.

Thousands of people fleeing the city of Al-Zabadani have gathered in nearby Bludan. Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers have delivered food parcels, blankets and other urgently needed supplies to these displaced people.

Since violence began in Syria, thousands of people have been injured or killed. The British Red Cross this week pledged a further £150,000 from its Disaster Fund to support the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s work in Syria.

Barry Armstrong, British Red Cross disaster response manager, said: “This brings our total donations to Syria during this crisis to £500,000. The situation is worsening, but the Movement continues to help the people of Syria, as we have done before and throughout the crisis.”

Difficult situation

Despite the violence, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the ICRC are planning further missions to continue providing humanitarian aid to people affected by the unrest in Syria.

Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC's delegation in Syria, said: "We are greatly concerned about the consequences of the unrest from a humanitarian viewpoint and about the current deterioration of the situation. The population, particularly the wounded and sick, are bearing the brunt of the violence."

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