A great humanitarian operation to aid the homeless and suffering victims of the six-day Middle East war is under way in many countries.
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Background: A great humanitarian operation to aid the homeless and suffering victims of the six-day Middle East war is under way in many countries. The Red Cross, the aid agencies of the United Nations, voluntary organisations, student bodies and various religious denominations are all playing a part. This film was shot in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, where blood donors and Red Cross organisers were filmed in the general rush to aid victims of the war.
Financial aid and relief supplies continue to pour into Jordan and Syria for victims of the fighting. Medical missions went to Jordan from Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Iran, but with the exception of the Iranian mission they left almost immediately on being told that the country was not in need of doctors, but of medical supplies. The Iranian mission set up a relief and accommodation camp for 5,000 refugees south of Amman.
Food clothing and blankets have arrived in Jordan from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, Lebanon and Morocco. And Jordan had received considerable financial aid from several Arab countries.
In Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross is co-ordinating a giant campaign. Blood plasma, surgical instruments, infant food and medical supplies from the Swedish, Dutch, Finnish and Tunisian national Red Cross societies have already been sent and more will follow in the next few days.
The United Arab Republic has asked for radiological and mobile surgical units, operating tables and vehicles.
Governments, Jewish and Arab groups, charities and individuals have all contributed toward solving the vast refugee problem. Pope Paul has made a personal gift of GBP18,000 sterling to the Pontifical Mission for Palestine for relief work among refugees.