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'Bombing won't hit UAE support'

posted on 08/08/2006: 798 views

Bombardment of UAE ambulance vehicles in Lebanon will not halt the humanitarian support of the Emirates to the Lebanese people suffering under continuous Israeli attacks, said a top health official. "Bombing UAE ambulances would not stop our support to Lebanon. On the contrary, it has made us more determined to assist the Lebanese people and increase our outflow of humanitarian relief by all possible means," Dr Ali bin Shakar, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health told Khaleej Times yesterday.

He added, the ministry will dispatch relief supplies including medicines to war-ravaged Lebanon on a monthly basis and that this entire effort involves million of dirhams. "We will send drugs and medical devices at an estimated cost of about Dh5 million every month to support the Lebanese people," he said.

He said since medicines are one of the basic needs for people in Lebanon, the ministry is trying to garner support and donations from various pharmaceutical and medical supply companies in the country. Dr Shakar mentioned that the ministry, in cooperation with local charities, has so far managed to send to Lebanon pharmaceutical drugs worth Dh8 million.

"A relief convoy will head to Lebanon every fortnight loaded with medicines and other relief materials to assist victims of Israeli aggression. Two new donation centres will be set up in Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman. The donation drive is getting a huge response from different nationalities residing in the country, including foreigners," he said. (Khaleej Times)


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