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03-10-2012 09:34 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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Humanitarian aid organizations say thousands of Syrian refugees have arrived in neighbouring Lebanon in the past week to escape ongoing violence. CCTV correspondent Jack Barton spoke with a senior Red Cross official in Beirut about the challenges of delivering assistance to Syrians inside and outside their own country.

As the stream of Syrian refugees continues to flow into Lebanon I spoke with Samar el Kadi, spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Lebanon.

Jack Barton, Beirut, asked, "What are the primary needs of refugees who are attempting to flee Syria?"

Samar El Kadi, Chief Spokesperson for Lebanon International Committee of The Red Cross, said, "The ICRC along with the Lebanese Red Cross have been making that those Syrian wounded who are able to cross into Lebanese territory are being evacuated and getting into hospital to get medical care they need, I mean, when we get them to the hospital for any kind of injury, even if they are sick. You have people who are sick and are crossing and they are ill and need immediate medical assistance."

Samar El Kadi, Chief Spokesperson for Lebanon International Committee of The Red Cross

Jack Barton: "How far into the most troubled areas of Syria has the Red Cross and the Red Crescent been able to reach and what sort of humanitarian assistance are they providing in those places?"

Samar El Kadi: "The International Red Cross in Damascus has been able to reach several hot spots, I means spots where the violence is taking place and we have and we have been able to distribute assistance in different spots like Idlib, Dera’a, Hama and Homs and in the last few days we have been distributing assistance whether food or medical aid or non food items such as blankets mattresses and hygiene materials to neighbourhoods around Babr Amr where many families who used to live in Babr Amr have fled."

CCTV correspondent Jack Barton

Jack Barton: "You mentioned the need for blankets. What impact is the extreme cold weather having on the health on of those people who are trying to cross into Lebanon?"

Samar El Kadi: "If you stay for days in an open field and under the snow I mean this is normal that it could be life threatening but I mean, but if you look at those refugee families with kids, small children I mean definitely heating is an issue and they need to get the proper assistance in that regard."

Jack Barton: "Unlike in Jordan there are no official refugee camps on the border between Lebanon and Syria. Is this helping or hindering the process of humanitarian assistance?"

Samar El Kadi: "I mean if they are hosted by host familes as is the case mostly in Lebanon you have to provide to their needs and these host families are normally poor families so you also need to assist the host families, I mean, well, in both cases there are difficulties."

Jack Barton: "Mrs. el Kadi, thank you for speaking with CCTV."


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Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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