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UAE humanitarian convoy carries 700 ton of aid into Gaza Strip

posted on 30/05/2010: 1183 views



Cairo - A convoy of trucks carrying around 700 tons of emergency humanitarian food and medical aid from the UAE has entered Gaza Strip to help mitigate the humanitarian conditions of Palestinian Gazans.

The UAE's most recent Gaza relief operation is being carried out by the Red Crescent Authority, or RCA, in coordination with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), a Palestinian Presidential Committee, the UAE Embassy in Cairo, Egyptian Red Crescent Society and Palestinian Red Crescent.

The humanitarian aid convoy has been sent to Gaza upon directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It receives support from H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces and is being closely followed up on by H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, Chairman of RCA.

"This is the UAE's fourth humanitarian convoy to Gaza and is part of RCA's humanitarian efforts by RCA to support our brothers in Gaza Strip," UAE Ambassador to Egypt and UAE Permanent Representative to the Arab League, Mohammed Bin Nakheera Al-Dhaheri told reports in Cairo at the seeing-off ceremony held for the convoy.

Al-Dhaheri expresses thanks for Mrs. Suzan Mubarak, Egypt's First Lady and President of Egyptian Red Crescent, for her support and efforts to facilitate the RCA's humanitarian operations for Palestinians.

For his part, chairman of the board of RCA Ahmed Al-Mazrouei said "we coordinated with UNRWA and Palestinian Red Crescent to determine the food stuff and medicines needed in Gaza." The 700 tons of UAE's relief aid were procured from Egypt's local markets by the UAE consulate in Cairo, according to UAE Consul in Cairo Rashid Bin Al-Zafnah Al-Afari.

On behalf of the Palestinian President, Dr Barakat Al-Farra, Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Representative to the Arab league expressed gratitude to the UAE top leadership and RCA "for the unwavering and incessant support to the Palestinian people who is in dire need of assistance." The UAE, Farra added, "never hesitates to play its national role, not only for Palestinians, but for all Arabs." – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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