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Red Crescent helps Hebron community after stormy weather

Jan. 12, 2013 7:33 A.M. (Updated: March 11, 2013 4:10 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Red Crescent on Saturday provided emergency relief to a Hebron community adversely affected by recent stormy weather.

The community of 47 people live in semi-permanent structures west of Hebron, near the village of Ithna. Recent stormy weather flooded most of their dwellings and uprooted tents and corrugated iron structures which they were living in.

Nasser Qabaja, director of the crisis coordination unit of the Red Crescent, told Ma'an that the group have brought mattresses, kitchen utensils, cleaning products and other materials to help the community recover and rebuild their homes.

"It's my fourth time here this week," Red Crescent worker Jamal al-Tmizi told Ma'an. "I am happy now because the people will sleep on warm mattresses, especially children. In previous times, we’ve been coming here to evaluate the situation and today we’re bringing them help."

One woman Ma'an spoke to had lost five goats and other livestock, including chickens, in the storms.

"I've been living here with my husband and four of my children," another woman Um Muhammad al-Azazmeh told Ma'an.

"My husband is a shepherd and my daughters help him. It's a difficult life. We were forced to live here after we were forced to leave the Beersheba area in 1948. We're dreaming of returning."
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