Syrian refugees began arriving in Doha last night as part of a new program by Qatar to care for widows and families fleeing the violence in Syria.
The official Qatar News Agency says the initiative, called for by the Emir is “part of the efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.”
Qatar News Agency reports:
Upon directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and as part of the efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, the State of Qatar has decided to shelter a number of Syrians families and widows who are displaced by military operations carried out by the regime in Syria against civilians.
The first batch of Syrian displaced families arrived in Doha tonight coming from Lebanon, and more will arrive over the next two days. Upon directives of HH the Emir, the State of Qatar shall ensure all the needs of these families and widows, whose total number is 42 people, including the provision of housing, accommodation, health and education.
Fourteen Syrian refugees arrived last night from Lebanon, but originating from Khalidiya, Bab Omar and Tal Khalaq in Syria, according to the Peninsula newspaper.
The newspaper adds that the refugees, who were called “special guests of the Emir” by officials, were already receiving aid from Qatar while staying in Lebanon.
Credit: Photo from a Qatar rally in February 2012 by Omar Chatriwala