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UAE PM orders air bridge to Gaza

 

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Upon the directives of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the cargo plane, Boeing 747, which was dispatched to Gaza carrying 114 metric tons of aid, landed at Marka International Airport in Amman early on Monday.

 

The gesture is in solidarity with the people of Gaza who live in the dire humanitarian conditions amid aggressions of the Israeli forces.

 

Following the directives of Sheikh Mohammed the Aid agencies have mobilised relief supplies from the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai to send them to thousands of displaced families in Gaza. The relief supplies have been put under the directive of the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to distribute them to thousands of the displaced families in Gaza.

 

The organisations at the IHC have coordinated with Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) to get the relief supplies across to over 100, 000 displaced people there. The JHCO has been playing greater role in getting the relief supplies to Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the air bridge will continue to get sufficient relief supplies to Gaza, where they will be distributed to beneficiaries there by UNRWA.

 

UNRWA Commissioner General, Pierre Krahenbuhl, praised Sheikh Mohammed for support found by the UNRWA in Dubai and the U.A.E. in general, especially during this critical time. “We are pleased with this immediate response from Dubai and IHC employees. The Dubai airlift demonstrates effectiveness of a concerted humanitarian work.” The IHC in record 24 hours has coordinated participation of the organisations, including The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP)/UN Humanitarian Response Depot), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Emirates Red Crescent in this humanitarian work.

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