Aid Convoy Due to Arrive in Jenin

BALTIMORE, Maryland, APRIL 25, 2002 ( A convoy of emergency relief supplies was expected to arrive in Jenin, the West Bank city devastated in recent fighting during the Israeli military offensive.

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The convoy was sent by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the humanitarian organization of the Catholic Church in the United States, and by Caritas Jerusalem, and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine.

It will deliver 1,500 food packages along with medical supplies and blankets to the city, where whole blocks of buildings lie in ruins.

«The basic health and sanitation systems of the city have been largely destroyed, and long-term rehabilitation can only begin after the immediate needs have been met,» said Don Rogers, the CRS country representative for Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza.

The Jenin convoy is the fourth in a series of six convoys reaching a total of 6,100 families (about 36,000 people) in West Bank districts affected by the crisis in the Palestinian occupied territories.

Earlier convoys supported by the coalition of aid groups reached Bethlehem, Tulkarem and Nablus, with additional distributions scheduled for Qalqilya and Ramallah. Distributions are based on need, not creed.

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