Sharjah initiative to help children

Updated 23 November 2012
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Sharjah initiative to help children

Salam Ya Seghar, a fundraising campaign in support of Palestinian children, has been launched by Jawaher bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah.
The campaign, originally launched five years ago, is redoubling efforts this year in the wake of the fresh Israeli aggression that has led to diminishing health, educational and psychological conditions of the children of the region.
The campaign, conducted in collaboration with Oxfam and the Save the Children organization, aims at allowing Emirati individuals, businesses and organizations to aid in raising the necessary funds to provide health care, food and basic needs to Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to help them overcome the harsh daily conditions.
Noura Al Noman, director of the Executive Office of Sheikha Jawaher Al-Qasimi, said, “Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi launched the campaign to bring hope to Palestinian children. The campaign has implemented many projects and programs in cooperation with various international and UN organizations with a focus on education and health.”
Cooperation between the Salam Ya Seghar campaign and the international organizations covers the fields of health and education.


Russia blocks access of UN inspectors to Douma: French Foreign Minister

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Russia blocks access of UN inspectors to Douma: French Foreign Minister

PARIS: France urged the Syrian regime and its ally Moscow on Friday to grant weapons inspectors immediate access to the site of an alleged chemical attack, accusing them of “obstruction” aimed at eroding the quality of the evidence.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who arrived in Damascus last Saturday, needed “full, immediate and unhindered access” to the site in the town of Douma.
Their mission has been put on hold after a United Nations security assessment team were fired at, and officials at the OPCW have said that Russian and Syrian forces have likely removed key evidence.
“At this time the OPCW investigators still have no access to the chemical attack site in Douma. If Russia and Syria ultimately abide by their commitments, it will take (the investigators) at least two weeks,” Le Drian said in a statement.
“The OPCW mission has as its goal establishing whether a chemical attack indeed took place and identifying the nature of the chemical agent used. This obstruction will obviously harm the quality of the investigation,” he added.
“It seems likely that this attitude is intended to make proof and material evidence linked to the chemical attack disappear.”
France joined the United States and Britain in launching air strikes a week ago against the regime of President Bashar Assad, in retaliation against an alleged chemical attack in Douma which local medics said killed at least 40 people.
Le Drian said Russia was issuing “contradictory official statements on the chemical attack.”
“One day the attack didn’t take place, the next, it was carried out by armed groups,” he said.
“A day later, it’s a Western manipulation. There’s no concern for either coherence or truth when it comes to sowing doubt and confusion.”
He reiterated France’s assertion that it has conclusive evidence of a chemical attack in Douma on April 7 as well as proof that it was carried out by the regime.