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‘Bread for Syria’ campaign launched by Arab activists in Britain

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A group of Arab activists along with the Charity Commission organization in Britain launched a new campaign called "Our Bread for Syria" in an attempt to aid the Syrian people afflicted by the unrest that hit their country following Bashar al-Assad's violent crackdown on anti-regime protests.

The campaign has so far succeeded in distributing 1,000 tons of wheat flour to provide bread for Syrians in need.

Adnan Hamydan, spokesperson of the Charity Commission in Britain, told Al-Arabiya that in addition to the 1,000 tons of wheat flour distributed to the needy in Syria, there were also "other aid which value cost 1 million dollars."

Those in charge of the campaign had said they have aided three million Syrians including refugees in countries neighboring Syria as well as others displaced and in need inside Syrian territories including Damascus.

"(The campaign) is ongoing for the next few months. The main goal of it is to provide bread for the Syrians currently suffering," Hamydan added.

He also said that donations were collected from Britain, Australia and some Arab countries through the commission's offices.

Hamydan explained that big quantities of aid were unloaded in Turkish areas near the borders with Syria where they were reloaded and sent off to different Syrian cities, towns and areas.

"Syrian refugees are not the only ones in distress. There are also millions of distressed who either got stuck inside Syria or refused to leave. These should be reached and aided," he said, noting the latter ones are not only in need of bread but of other things like medical car and fuel.

The commission has so far also set three field hospitals, that cost 1.5 million dollars, in areas afflicted with disaster inside Syria, Hamydan said.

"The plan to send more medicine, treatment equipment (and setting) more (field) hospitals is not over yet because the situation is worsening due to escalation of fighting and shelling targeting civilians."

The number of Syrians who have fled their war-ravaged country and are seeking assistance has now reached 1 million since fighting broke out two years ago, the U.N.’s refugee agency said Wednesday.

Syria’s uprising began in March 2011 with protests against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian rule. When the government cracked down on demonstrators, the opposition took up arms and the conflict turned into a full-blown civil war. The United Nations estimates that more than 70,000 people have been killed.

The relentless violence also has devastated many cities and forced hundreds of thousands of Syrians to seek refuge abroad.