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Syria: Aid for over 120,000 people arrives in besieged town near Homs

09:33 AM | 22 Apr, 2016
Syria: Aid for over 120,000 people arrives in besieged town near Homs
DAMASCUS (Staff Report) - More than 120,000 people, in the besieged town of Al Rastan, near Homs have begun receiving food, medical aid and items for the provision of clean water.

The aid was delivered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the United Nations in a 65-truck convoy. More aid should be delivered in the coming days.

Al Rastan, which borders the governorate of Hama, has seen heavy fighting during the past four years. Very little aid has reached the town.  The recent respite in fighting has now allowed for this.
“The people have suffered terribly,” said Majda Flihi, who led the ICRC team into the area. “Peoples’ livelihoods, especially farming and raising livestock, have been severely affected. Damage to the town’s irrigation infrastructure has made the situation even worse,” she said.

Today, the ICRC provided 24,000 food parcels, medicines, and wheelchairs. Water treatment materials, tanks, pumps and generators to improve the condition of boreholes and ensure steady supply of clean water to the population were also delivered.

Whilst this aid delivery is a positive development, it is important that there continues to be regular supplies to Al Rastan and to other besieged and hard-to-reach areas.

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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