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RCA allocates Dh300 million for relief and developmental programmes in Palestine

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The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has earmarked Dh 300 million for its proposed humanitarian and relief initiatives in Palestine over the next three years to 2016.

Dr Hamdan Musallam al Mazrouei, Chairman of the RCA, stated that the funds would be channelled into health, educational, agricultural, environmental and services sectors which are most vital to address the critical economic circumstances of the Palestinian people.

He said the allocated budget reflected the commitment of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and RCA President, to extend a helping hand to the Palestinian people, adding that the Palestinian territories receive a top priority in the RCA's relief and developmental programmes given the economic and social hardships there.

Dr. Mohamed Ateeq Al Falahi, RCA Secretary-General, said proposed projects in education include establishing a campus of the Al-Quds Open University in Nablus, West Bank, to enrol 76,000 students and building five schools accommodating 2,640 pupils in addition to a number of kindergartens.

New health clinics, and mosques will also be built, he added.

In cooperation with the FAO, he said, the RCA will maintain underground water wells which provide fresh drinking water to 118 families. – Emirates News Agency, WAM