2nd Egyptian aid shipment for Syrian refugees arrives in Lebanon
Syrian refugees - REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo

CAIRO: A second Egyptian shipment of humanitarian aid arrived in Lebanon Wednesday to be delivered to 100,000 Syrian refugees in the Lebanese town of Arsal, Youm7 reported.

The plane was loaded with 16 tons of humanitarian aid include foods, tents and blankets.

The Egyptian Armed Forces have assigned a total of three shipments of humanitarian aid totaling 18.5 tons of food, 100 tents, 2,500 blankets, and 1.2 tons of medical supplies to be dispatched this week; the first was sent Tuesday 13, and the final shipment is expected to be delivered Thursday.

Around 10 million of the Syrian population has been affected by the conflict, as reported by the United National Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA.)

According to the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, Lebanon hosts the highest concentration of refugees in recent history; In April 2012, there were 18,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon; by April 2013, there were 356,000, and in April 2014, 1 million.

The World Bank estimates that the Syria crisis has cost Lebanon US$2.5 billion in lost economic activity during 2013, and threatens to push 170,000 Lebanese into poverty by the end of this year.

In a statement by the Egyptian embassy in Beirut, Ambassador Mohamed Zayed said the initiative “conveys Egypt’s understanding of the humanitarian crisis Syrians are going through, as well as the extent of the responsibility the Lebanese government bears with the large number of refugees on its territory.”

Ambassador Abdelrahman Salah, the Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and Middle Eastern Affairs, stated Wednesday that  “In spite of the already strained Egyptian economy and infrastructure during the last three years, the Egyptian people and government have taken a decision since the beginning of the refugee crisis to provide our Syrian brothers full and free access to the same public services rendered to Egyptians: the same health care, education and higher education, which are massively subsidized and are often provided virtually free of charge.”

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