Increased Aid For Georgia

Associated Press writers in Europe, Turkey and the Middle East contributed to this report
Major international aid commitments to Georgia to help victims of the Russian-Georgian conflict:

_The International Committee of the Red Cross, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the U.N.’s World Food Program have been providing aid through long-standing operations in Georgia. In addition:
_ICRC dispatched the first of five new shipments of food and other supplies for 25,000 people.
_World Food Program sent two planeloads of high-energy biscuits.
_U.N. refugee agency has sent two planeloads of supplies and plans a third flight Friday.
_U.S. sent two cargo planes carrying US$2 million (€1.3 million) worth of sleeping bags, cots, medical supplies — including syringes and surgical supplies.
_Turkish Red Crescent has sent tents, blankets, bottled water and food, and a new truck convoy is to leave Thursday. Turkish government to dispatch medical aid.

_France sent two planeloads of aid.

_ Greece sent a plane to Georgia with 14 tons of medical supplies, tents and blankets. It also contributed €100,000 ($149,000) through the UNHCR for refugees who fled across the Russian border into North Ossetia.

_Italy is sending two planes with food and equipment. Italy’s Red Cross is to send kitchens to provide 10,000 daily meals, and is contributing about €1 million (US$1.5 million) through the U.N. and Red Cross.

_Bulgaria to send relief supplies; will offer EU the use of Black Sea port of Burgas as aid coordination center.

_EU has released €1 million (US$1.5 million) in fast-track aid.

_Poland and the Roman Catholic charity Caritas sent 4 tons of first aid

_Czech Republic said it is providing aid worth 5 million koruna (€209,000; US$310,000).

_Slovakia says it is providing 5.6 million Slovak koruna (€185,000; US$276,000).

_Germany said it will give €1 million (US$1.5 million).

_Dutch donated €500,000 (US$745,150) to the international Red Cross.

_Finland pledged €1 million (US$1.5 million) in aid and the Finnish Red Cross has offered a field hospital.

_Denmark gave 3 million kroner (€402,000, US$599,100).

_Estonia sent more than 5.5 tons of humanitarian aid and pledged a field hospital with a medical team.

_Latvia sent a plane carrying medical supplies, including blood plasma.

_Austria said it will send medical supplies, tents, blankets.


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