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Taiwan provides aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan

2013/03/07 13:54:56

Taipei, March 7 (CNA) Taiwan has extended a helping hand to Syrian refugees who have flocked to Jordan to escape the civil war in their own country, including donations of ambulances and temporary housing, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said Thursday.

Taiwan has donated two ambulances to help Jordan take care of the refugees at the request of the Jordanian government, said Teng Sheng-ping, assistant director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of West Asian and African Affairs, at a regular news briefing.

The ministry also donated 50 temporary housing units worth US$110,000, Teng added.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation has donated 190,000 second-hand garments, which the ministry has helped deliver to Jordan, he said.

The civil war in Syria has left some 70,000 people dead or missing and has caused 600,000 refugees to flee to neighboring countries, the ministry said, adding that 330,000 have fled to Jordan.

According to foreign reports, Jordan has called for international help with the refugees.

(By Elaine Hou)