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ERC, UNRWA discuss preparations to deliver 600 housing units in Khan Yunis

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ABU DHABI, 6th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, and a number of humanitarian, regional and international organisations, have discussed ways to coordinate and enhance partnerships to develop relief and humanitarian fields and building potentials of fragile communities, as well as alleviate suffering on peoples who are witnessing dire humanitarian conditions.

This came when Dr. Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the ERC's Board of Directors and Dr. Mohammed Atiq Al Falahi, ERC's Secretary-General, met with the delegation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East , UNRWA, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

During the meeting held between Al Mazrouei and Al Falahi and UNRWA's Commissioner, General Pierre Krenpol, they discussed work progress in a number of UAE-funded developmental projects.

The projects, under the supervision of UNRWA, came in the light of the continuous humanitarian partnership for years to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians in the Palestinian territories and refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

The two sides also tackled the ongoing arrangements to open the residential city established in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip next April, which comprises 600 housing units and will accommodate about 3,000 people.

The parties also discussed a number of new proposed projects as well as cooperation mechanisms to implement them to support the Palestinians who are facing dire conditions.

They also expressed their determination to further boost partnerships to improve the living standards of Palestinian people inside and outside Palestine.

UNRWA's Commissioner praised the ERC's initiatives under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of ERC, to mitigate the suffering of the Palestinians.

Al Mazrouei also met with Elhadj As Sy, the Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC.

The parties discussed coordination and cooperation fields to enhance partnership to accomplish a better future for international humanitarian work.

They also tackled the challenges that face humanitarian work in a number of areas and regions across the world, stressing the importance of enhancing joint work as well as the adoption of initiatives that would contribute to alleviating repercussions of humanitarian challenges such as outbreak of disease and epidemics and spread of natural disasters.

As Sy highlighted the UAE's humanitarian efforts and their positive impact in the Levant.

The meeting came within the framework of the ERC's activities to activate partnerships with active national associations operating within the IFRC.