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Latest Dubai Airlift carries medical supplies to Gaza

posted on 26/07/2014: 1670 views

The airlift of emergency aid to the displaced and injured in Gaza ordered by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, entered its fifth day yesterday as a Boeing 747 and two C130s rushed 22 tons of medical supplies for the World Health Organisation, and 35,000 blankets for UNWRA to Amman for onward shipment by truck into Gaza.

The total value of the operation, which now includes 11 airlifts from Dubai, has reached approximately DH 10.13 million (US$2.76 million).

In a positive development, Jordan authorities have committed to keeping the Jordanian side of border crossings into Israel open during the Eid holiday to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. While there have been some bottlenecks in crossing into Gaza, the IHC shipments have so moved through without disruption or incidents.

The pressure for medical supplies has increased significantly, with UNWRA reporting more than 5,273 injured Palestinians. The WHO shipment included a range of antibiotics, painkillers, and surgical supplies.

Gaza's medical infrastructure has suffered severe degradation under the Israeli bombardment. Hospitals and other medical facilities have been inundated by large numbers of wounded civilians who face long and often agonising waits for treatment. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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