Egyptian Red Crescent sets up relief centre at Ukraine-Romania border

Ahram Online , Monday 14 Mar 2022

A team from Egypt’s Red Crescent (ERC) has set up a relief centre at the Ukrainian-Romanian border to provide aid to Egyptians and Arabs fleeing Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, the Egyptian Cabinet announced.

Egypt s Red Crescent Relief center point
Egypt s Red Crescent Relief centre point at the Ukrainian-Romanian borders (Photo : Egyptian Red Crescent)

The ERC set up the relief centre in cooperation with the Romanian Red Cross at the Siret border-crossing.

The ERC team arrived in Romania four days ago.

The centre aims to provide medical aid, meals and psychological support to those in need, in addition to helping Egyptians reach Bucharest for their return to Egypt.

In media statements on Sunday, the executive director of Red Crescent Ramy El-Nazer said that the ERC received over 2,000 messages from Egyptians asking for help in Ukraine and its neighbouring countries through social media.

El-Nazer added that another team from the ERC arrived in Poland to assist Egyptians who want to return.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday 24 February, Egypt has expatriated hundreds of citizens who crossed from Ukraine to Romania, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Prior to the Russian invasion, around 6,000 Egyptians lived in Ukraine, 3,000 of which were students studying at the country’s universities.

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