- The Washington Times - Friday, March 28, 2003

AL-RUWEISHED, Jordan, March 28 (UPI) — Japanese volunteers joined hundreds of foreign workers in erecting tents for expected Iraqi refugees Friday in al-Ruweished near the Jordanian-Iraqi border.

The volunteers from a Japanese group called "Responding to Crisis" assisted in putting up tents in the refugee camp run by the U.N. High Commission for Refugees.

The group's leader, Yoshika Yamamoto, said his team will also provide basic medical assistance to Iraqi refugees, noting that it was running an 8-bed fully equipped field hospital and possessed three ambulances.

In addition to the Japanese, the camp is run by volunteers from the Netherlands, Greece and other Western countries.

The Japanese government granted Jordan a $250-million assistance to help it overcome the losses it is expected to suffer as a result of the war in Iraq.

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