GAZIANETP, Turkey: Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) yesterday inked a memo of understanding (MoU) with the Turkish Red Crescent Society to examine relief projects in eastern Aleppo. The MoU was signed by the KRCS Chairman Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer and the Turkish society’s chief, Dr. Mehmet Gulluoglu, at the latter’s headquarters in the town of Gaziantep. Dr. Al-Sayer said the MoU aimed at examining programs for relieving Syrian refugees from eastern Aleppo. He also thanked the Turkish counterpart for providing facilities to the Kuwaiti philanthropic teams, namely the visit to the displaced in Idlib countryside.

Dr. Gulluoglu said his association has launched several humanitarian operations near the border Bab Al-Hawa and Bab Al-Salam checkpoints, building camps, makeshift hospitals and schools in addition to providing food the refugees. Earlier today, the KRCS signed agreements worth USD 2,465 million with Qatar’s Red Crescent Society (QRCS) to offer relief aid and medical supplies to the Syrian refugee families from eastern Aleppo. Dr. Al-Sayer signed the accords with the Director of Relief and International Development at QRCS Dr. Khaled Diab, at the latter’s office in Gazinantep, south-western Turkey. These accords are part of the strategic partnership and cooperation between the two societies for the displaced “Syrian brothers from Aleppo,” Dr. Al-Sayer said.

They include providing 8,000 food packages, winter clothes for 5-14 children, heating oil, and blankets, he added. The KRCS-QRCS cooperation projects also include 10 mobile clinics to offer medical services to refugees from Aleppo, supporting a field hospital, and providing three huge tanks of drinking water daily. In addition to assisting orphans, Dr. Al-Sayer noted. On his part, Diab said that the QRCS started offering help to Syrian refugees in 2012 in neighboring countries, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. This has covered health services, shelters, food security, water, non-food supplies, responding to emergencies, training and capability building, he added.–KUNA