KRCS launches ‘Cry for Aleppo’ campaign
Arabs call for UN meeting over Syria
KUWAIT: The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has launched a fundraising campaign in support of the displaced Syrians from Aleppo. The campaign will cover five Kuwaiti governorates, KRCS Vice chairman Anwar Al-Hassawi said. The donation campaign has been organized in solidarity with our brothers in Aleppo who have been afflicted with the worst conditions, he added. The KRCS has mustered all potential and voluntary cadres to secure success for the campaign.
The campaign will be organized for two days in each governorate, opening at 09:00 am till 13:00 pm local-time, Al-Hassawi said. He expressed gratitude to the governors who hurriedly responded to the philanthropic call and opened the doors of the governorates to receive donors, both Kuwaitis and residents. Al-Hassawi stressed the need to join the regional and international efforts to stop the Aleppo tragedy. He said that the KRCS is ever ready to enhance its leading role, fulfilling its human responsibility toward the displaced Syrians and the refugees. He also urged all categories of the society to support the KRCS efforts, humanitarian programs and aid initiatives to help the Syrians fleeing death in Aleppo.
Aid to Aleppo
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has signed an agreement for cooperation with Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) to provide relief aid to displaced Syrians in the war-battered city of Aleppo. Speaking to KUNA, Deputy Chairman of KRCS Anwar Al-Hasawi said that the society seeks to partner up with international humanitarian organizations to help out those victimized by war in Aleppo, adding that the agreement with QRCS is part of humanitarian endeavors undertaken by KRCS.
Moreover, he noted that both societies will distribute food baskets to displaced Syrians, which will help mitigate the misery they have been forced to endure as a result of war, adding that this is the first aid provided by KRCS on Syrian soil. AlHasawi also pointed out that KRCS possesses the expertise needed to deal with conflicts and urgent situations and has the means to provide humanitarian and relief aid. On a donation drive earmarked for Aleppo, he said turnout was highly impressive as citizens and residents alike have contributed. Since the Syrian conflict first broke out more than five years ago, KRCS has launched a myriad of aid campaigns for Syrian refugees languishing in camps in neighboring Jordan and Lebanon.
In another development, the Arab League Permanent Delegates’ Council has affirmed support for efforts by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to hold an emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly to halt “the atrocities carried out by the (Syrian) regime and its allies against the Syrian people.” The delegates, at end of their irregular meeting for Syria, issued a statement, calling on the international community to pressure the Syrian regime to open safe humanitarian corridors to exit stranded civilians in the embattled city of Aleppo. It also condemned in strongest terms “the atrocious operations waged against the civilians in the city.”
The Arab statement deemed the Syrian regime practices in Aleppo and other Syrian cities as “crimes of war and flagrant breaches of the international laws and the Fourth Geneva Convention,” also urging for prosecution of the “aggressors by an international court.” The Security Council, the statement said, must shoulder its full responsibilities with respect of preserving security and peace and halt the fighting in all Syrian regions. It re-affirmed commitment to Syria’s independence, sovereignty and territorial sanctity and its unwavering stance for combating terrorism. — Agencies