Red Cross attend to an injured person during a protest in Beirut, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Lebanese Red Cross, whose members daily brave water cannons, stray rocks and tear gas to help those in need, might be the unsung heroes of Beirut's recent anti-government demonstrations.The organization includes 12 divisions.Each center houses 60 to 80 medics equipped with five to six ambulances.International support is provided via the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross. LRC is also under a LL3 billion ($2 million) contract per year with the Health Ministry to transport the sick to hospitals and back home, and a substantial amount of funds is also garnered during an annual fundraising campaign held every August. Medics are trained on first aid and perform their duties on a volunteer basis. Such dedication is paramount, as medics serve 12-hour shifts lasting from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.Recent demonstrations have placed the medics in between sporadic scuffles between riot police and protesters.However the medics did admit to being affected by the tactics of the riot police.Two LRC medics were hospitalized due to such injuries.
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