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Red Cross helps 5,000 people displaced from Houla

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30 May 2012

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is helping 5,000 people in Syria, mostly women and children, displaced after the attack in Houla on 25 May.

Thousands of displaced people are staying in schools or other buildings in the nearby village of Burj al-Qa’i, or have been taken in by host families there.

Many of the people were lacking food and water when the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent found them on 29 May.

Food and water

"Our teams said the people there feel worried, insecure and unsafe," said Sean Maguire, International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent team provided more than two tonnes of food supplies, including bread and vegetables. They also distributed 800 sleeping mattresses, 350 cans of baby milk, soap, candles and some medical supplies.

Water tanks were installed in schools and other buildings occupied by displaced people.

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