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Red Cross Red Crescent deliver large-scale food relief to Syrian refugees

A massive food distribution operation is underway in northern Lebanon to assist refugees fleeing from neighbouring Syria.

Friday September 11, 2015

Pic: Madeline Wilson

In one of the biggest food relief operations since the Syria crisis began, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Lebanese Red Cross have distributed 90 tonnes of food to around 10,000 refugees sheltering in Dreib Al Awsat, in northern Lebanon.

The food parcels, which contain enough basic items to feed a family for one month, have also been distributed to Lebanese families that were experiencing hardship prior to the refugees' arrival. ICRC coordinator of the distribution, Jeroen Carrin, said that the scale of the operation is an indication that "needs are growing significantly".

"The people in the Dreib El Awsat area are facing particularly difficult conditions," said Jeroen Carrin, the ICRC coordinator of the distribution. "The host communities were already living in poor conditions prior to the crisis. They are now sharing the burden with a large number of refugees who sought safety in their villages."  

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