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RCA sends humanitarian convoy to Gaza

posted on 02/08/2010: 769 views

Rafah - A UAE humanitarian convoy consisting of 57 trucks laden with essential food items and medical supplies left here yesterday heading for Gaza.

The aid convoy was sent by UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) as per directives of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The humanitarian initiative is closely followed up by H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority.

The Board Chairman RCA Ahmed Humaid Al Mazroui said that 55 trucks are laden with food items while the other two trucks carry medicines and vital medical supplies.

"The convoy is not the first of its kind being sent to our brothers in Palestine, this is the fifth in a series of aid dispatches which comes under the humanitarian program implemented by the Red Crescent under directives from the country's leadership to help the Palestinian people and improve their living conditions", said Al Mazroui.

The current dispatch comes shortly ahead of the Holy month of Ramadan and includes large quantities of food and medical supplies which were purchased from various Egyptian markets in a record time, he added. He said the convoy came within the strategy of the Authority to operate in the Palestinian territories, that includes the establishment of projects and providing food and medical aid, thus supporting families, protecting orphans and constructing housing units in cooperation with UNRWA, PRCS and others.

The total value of projects carried out by the Red Crescent Authority recently in the Palestinian territories amounted to about one billion UAE Dirhams. Nearly three folds of this amount have been spent by the RCA in Palestine on various projects since its inception, added Al Mazroui.

The RCA also thanked Egypt for facilitating the crossover of the UAE convoy across the Rafah checkpoint and lauded the efforts of the Egyptian First Lady and Chairperson of the Egyptian Red Crescent Suzan Mubarak. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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