Supplies being unloaded from a lorry

Blankets and hygiene kits being distributed to 250 families in Tripoli, northern Lebanon – ©Ibrahim Malla/IFRC

Millions of Syrians face a long winter with little protection against the freezing cold.

As the British Red Cross readies a winter shipment of aid to Syria, including thermal blankets, other member societies of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement are on the ground distributing aid to Syrian Refugees in border countries.

The Lebanese Red Cross, in conjunction with partner societies and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), has been distributing blankets and hygiene kits to hundreds of families in Tripoli, northern Lebanon.

Elsewhere, the Palestinian Red Cross Society has been helping people affected by heavy rainfall and snow in Gaza and the West Bank.

Emergency teams have provided first aid, shelter support and distributed non-food items to more than 20,000 people.


Some 6.5 million Syrians are displaced inside Syria, while more than two million have fled the country.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is trying to move some people remaining in the war-torn country into public buildings to provide shelter from the cold.

The British Red Cross has launched an appeal [link] to fund 12,500 thermal blankets for people within Syria. These are in addition to 48,500 blankets already bought by the charity.

Family food parcels, thermal blankets and hygiene kits totalling £3 million will also be sent over the coming months.

Donate to the Syria Blankets Appeal today.