UAE sets up refugee camp in Greece
Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is to establish a camp for Syrian refugees in Greece.
The authority said the necessary arrangements are under way to establish the camp as quickly as possible due to the plight of refugees. It will accommodate 2,000 people in its first phase.
About 50,000 people are stranded in Greece since European countries, including Austria and the Balkan states, closed their borders to migrants earlier this year.
One refugee told Sky News: “Syrian families living in Greece were not prepared to deal with such conditions. The living conditions are inhumane.”
ERC said it has stepped up efforts to help Syrian refugees in an attempt to keep up with the growing numbers fleeing to neighbouring countries.
The move aims to support and assist Syrian refugees in areas where they are currently located. Orders to set up the camp were issued by UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with the support of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.