Syrian refugees in the Arsal camps expressed their thanks and appreciation to the people of Qatar who took the initiative to send urgent aid to them in conjunction with the snowstorms, Qatar Charity said.
They explained that the aid provided contributed to bringing warmth to them and their family members, noting that the aid came at the right time, especially in light of their inability to purchase heating fuel in addition to clothes that protected them from the cold.
The mayor of Arsal, Basil al-Hujairi, said the number of Syrians in the area is estimated at 67,000 distributed among 9,000 tents, most of which cannot resist rain, snow and frost, in light of the significant drop in temperatures to below zero in many places.
He said that the convoys of the 'Warmth and Peace' campaign are of great importance, especially as they provide people with their needs directly, adding that it is important to give people things at the right time.
One of the refugee women in Arsal camps thanked donors in Qatar for their urgent assistance.
A camp official in Arsal also appealed to provide fuel oil for heating, saying they can starve themselves and their children, but they are unable to bear the harsh cold in the tents without heating.
Qatar Charity conducted the first convoys of the 'Warmth and Peace' campaign for Arsal camps, with 10 trucks, in co-operation with the Islamic Authority for Welfare.
This aid comes at a time when a severe cold wave continues in the Arsal region, where the snowfall and the cold causes sub-zero temperatures at night. There is a need to alleviate the suffering of refugees, which is increasing in light of low temperatures and rainfall.
The area is currently facing the impact of the second snowstorm during the winter season.
One can easily donate to the campaign through the Qatar charity website, www.qcharity.org. Branches and collection points are located in malls and commercial centres, while people can also request for a home collector or dial 44667711 for donating.