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Date donation for Syrians arrive in time for Ramadan

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri attends a ceremony in Beirut, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: A shipment of 150 tons of dates from Saudi Arabia arrived at Beirut's port Wednesday, as a part of the kingdom's new Syrian aid program that was launched earlier this month.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Awad Asiri, announced the new aid program for Syrian refugees in Riyadh's embassy in Qoreitem on June 5, as a part of the Saudi National Campaign to Support Brethren in Syria.

Asiri said that Saudi assistance would provide refugees with 150 tons of dates and 17,000 milk containers, alongside shelter units, food packages and medical treatment in Lebanese hospitals.

Offices for the Kingdom's national campaign in Lebanon will distribute the dates in cooperation with specialized UN bodies.

Previously, UNRWA distributed 6 tons of dates to displaced Palestinians as a gift on behalf of the late Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz.

The kingdom's most recent gift arrived a few weeks before the month of Ramadan is set to start, during which the national campaign will also distribute 100,000 iftar meals to refugees.

 

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