UAE delivers 14 tonnes of medical supplies to Palestinians to fight pandemic

Shipment contained personal protective equipment and medical supplies, including ventilators.
Wednesday 20/05/2020
UAE cargo containing medical aid to Palestinians being readied for shipment. (WAM)
UAE cargo containing medical aid to Palestinians being readied for shipment. (WAM)

ABU DHABI--The United Arab Emirates sent 14 tonnes of urgent medical supplies to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to help fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the occupied territories.

“The aid includes personal protective equipment, PPE, and medical equipment. Most notably, it includes 10 ventilators that are acutely needed,” said Emirati news agency WAM.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet that he talked to Philippe Lazzarini, the commissioner-general of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and “reiterated the support of the United Arab Emirates to the Palestinian cause and providing aid to refugees.”

UAE cargo containing medical aid to Palestinians being readied for shipment. (WAM)
UAE cargo containing medical aid to Palestinians being readied for shipment. (WAM)

The UAE’s support to UNRWA in health, education and social aid amounted to $216 million over the last six years, he said.

Etihad, the state-owned, long-haul carrier based in Abu Dhabi, confirmed it operated a dedicated humanitarian cargo to “provide medical supplies to the Palestinians.” It said “the flight had no passengers.”

The office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, UNSCO, expressed its appreciation for the shipment.

Commenting on the delivery of aid, Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, the UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, said: “This is an international crisis that requires an international response. The UAE is grateful to UNSCO for facilitating the UAE’s support for the Palestinian people, and for the UN’s tireless efforts to coordinate and assist the global fight against the pandemic.”

UAE cargo being fitted for air shipment. WAM
UAE cargo being fitted for air shipment. (WAM)

Nickolay Mladenov, special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, welcomed the UAE initiative. “The UAE is an important partner, whose continued support for peace and for the Palestinian people at this critical time is highly valued. Global solidarity is in the interest of everyone. Today we are facing the most challenging crisis since the Second World War. We can get through it only by working together.”

In addition to being one of the largest donors to UNRWA, the UAE contributed more than $828.2 million from 2013 to April 2020 to the funding of various sectors in the Palestinian territories. The UAE has been one of the world’s leading contributors of humanitarian and medical aid amid the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering more than 500 metric tonnes of aid to 47 countries.

(With news agencies.)