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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - LEBANON

RCS' 2500-ton humanitarian relief ship leaves for Lebanon

Posted on 15/08/2006

A UAE ship carrying 2500 ton of humanitarian relief consignment has left for Beirut seaport yesterday. Valued at Dh3 million and consisting of food packages, baby milk, blankets, tents, medications and other relief materials from the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS), the consignment is aimed to alleviate the suffering of displaced populations in war-ravaged Lebanon and is in line with the directives of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid Charity Foundation dispatches 5th relief plane to Lebanon

Posted on 15/08/2006

Another UAE plane relief plane carrying 15 tonnes of relief materials left for Lebanon today. The fifth humanitarian cargo was dispatched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity Foundation (MRCF) and is part of a UAE ongoing air bridge to Lebanon, aimed at improving the dire humanitarian conditions of victims of the Israeli aggression against Lebanon. The 25 ton consignment consists of basic medications, baby milk and a vehicle for relief Lebanese organizations. Reports from Lebanon ...  >>MORE

Dubai teams to help clean up Lebanon spill

Posted on 15/08/2006

A Dubai-based environmental organisation has offered a helping hand to clean an oil spill in Lebanon, which local activists are calling one of the largest environmental disasters ever to happen in the Mediterranean. The spill has already reached neighbouring Syria. The spill happened in the first days of the war after Israeli air raids on an electrical power plant in Jiyyeh, and has remained largely unreported by the media because of the war's large toll of human lives. International ...  >>MORE

Joining forces to help the war-hit

Posted on 15/08/2006

Dubai Airport Free Zone yesterday held a campaign to raise money and over a half a tonne of in-kind donations to be sent to Lebanon, while also providing a forum to express solidarity with the Lebanese people. Joining forces with the Lebanese Business Council of Dubai and the northern Emirates, DAFZA employees and companies took part in the humanitarian drive that will be added to the collections of the council's ‘Support Lebanon' campaign. Around 500 people posted messages of solidarity ...  >>MORE

UAE relief plane arrives in Beirut

Posted on 14/08/2006

Beirut - A UAE relief plane carrying 15 tonnes of relief materials landed in Rafik Al Hariri International airport here yesterday. The shipment is part of a UAE air bridge to Lebanon, aimed at alleviating the suffering of the displaced victims of the current war. The items were delivered by the UAE committee to a local charity, headed by the former Lebanese Prime Minister Nejuib Miqati. Meanwhile, the fourth relief plane to be dispatched to Lebanon by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity ...  >>MORE

Lebanese FM praises UAE de-mining initiative

Posted on 14/08/2006

Beirut - Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh has praised the UAE initiative for resumption of de-mining operation in south Lebanon. "The initiative of the UAE President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which was announced by Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, is another noble gesture by the UAE toward Lebanon," the Minister said. Salloukh described the US$50 million initiative as "yet another demonstration of the UAE's unequivocal support to Lebanon'. He praised the UAE ...  >>MORE

Mariam Al Roumi visits injured Lebanese

Posted on 14/08/2006

Mariam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, yesterday renewed UAE stand by the Lebanese people currently under Israeli attacks that killed and injured innocent children and women and destroyed the country's infrastructure. During a visit she paid yesterday to the injured Lebanese undergoing treatment at the Zayed Military Hospital, Al Roumi described the support being given to Lebanon as "not only a humanitarian duty, but also a national one." Accompanied by Lebanese Ambassador Hassan Bro, ...  >>MORE

Children's tears make UN tidal wave

Posted on 14/08/2006

UAE children are leading the worldwide reaction to the horror taking place in Lebanon, joining their brothers and sisters across the world to express dismay at the failure to halt the killing. Thousands of them have made their feelings known through the UAE-led 'Letters for Peace' campaign, urging the United Nations to intervene and stop the daily massacres of innocent young victims. Their messages reveal how much they are affected by the daily scenes of dead and wounded on television. A ...  >>MORE

RCS and Red Cross coordinate efforts in Lebanon

Posted on 14/08/2006

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross held a meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday to coordinate their humanitarian efforts in Lebanon. Following a review of the current situation on the ground, the two charity bodies reaffirmed their commitment to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population by providing urgent relief supplies. The meting also touched on the preparations for the upcoming meeting of the federation of the Red Crescent and Red Cross ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa orders resumption of Lebanon mine-clearing operations

Posted on 13/08/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued directives to resume mine clearing operations in South Lebanon. Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that Sheikh Khalifa has instructed the concerned authorities to cooperate with the General Secretariat of the United Nations and the Lebanese government to resume de-mining operations in south Lebanon in accordance with the UN Security Council's resolution 1701, issued last night, calling on Israel to hand over ...  >>MORE

Focus shifts from evacuation to the delivery of aid supplies

Posted on 13/08/2006

The UAE Ambassador to Lebanon has said that after a month of evacuating UAE nationals and expatriates his job is now to focus on delivering aid to the displaced people in Lebanon. Mohammed Sultan Al Suwaidi, who has been the ambassador in Beirut for the past three years, said the war in the country had brought unprecedented challenges to his office. Al Suwaidi not only played a major role in the evacuation of about 5,000 people from Beirut to Damascus but also helped negotiate the safe ...  >>MORE

DTCM launches fundraising drive for Lebanon

Posted on 13/08/2006

In collaboration with the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS), Dubai Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing (DTCM) has launched a fund raising drive in support of Lebanon. DTCM human recourses department organized an event at the DTCM Head Office for the "With You Lebanon” campaign. "The tragedy in Lebanon has shaken both Arab and Muslim worlds and all humanity. This means all people are obliged to offer help to Lebanese brothers", Oasha Kahail, DTCM Executive Employee Relations. "Each ...  >>MORE

Ambulance vehicles sent to Lebanon

Posted on 12/08/2006

Beirut - A military plane carrying two ambulance vehicles sent by the Mohammed bin Rashid Charity and Humanitarian Foundation arrived here on Wednesday. Officials from the UAE embassy in Beirut received the ambulance vehicles, sent as part of the relief operations to help Lebanese people. Meanwhile, an agreement was signed today between the Foundation and a branch of the Syrian Red Crescent Society, under which, meals will be served daily to over 5,000 displaced Lebanese in Syria. The ...  >>MORE

UAE RCS launches new relief efforts in Lebanon

Posted on 12/08/2006

In an effort to boost its humanitarian relief operations in war-ravaged Lebanon, the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) is creating field relief groups consisting of Lebanese volunteers. RCS's aims to carrying out field operations in close cooperation with the Lebanese Red Cross Society which enjoys considerable capabilities in the humanitarian filed, said Dr. Saleh Al Tae'i, Director of Relief and Emergency Department at RCS. The effort is aimed at delivering humanitarian relief aid to tens of ...  >>MORE

UAE pledges more support to Lebanon

Posted on 12/08/2006

Damascus - The United Arab Emirates is determined to provide every possible support to all Lebanese, irrespective of their creed, says Yousif Mohammed Al Madfaie, UAE Ambassador to Syria. During a joint press conference with the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) held last Thursday, Al Madfaie the UAE seeks to help all Lebanese facing difficulties as a result of the current situation. "Our approach (in helping Lebanese) is simple: talk less, do more. However, what we have been offering is not ...  >>MORE

Emirati-Lebanese Friendship Association Leads Charity Drive for Lebanon

Posted on 12/08/2006

Launching an aggressive charity drive from the initial days of the recent war on Lebanon, the Emirati Lebanese Friendship Association (ELFA) has raised substantial aid in cash and kind for those affected by the hostilities. Launched under the special directives of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ELFA has so far distributed nearly 300 tonnes of relief material in Beirut, with a further 200 tonnes awaiting shipment. ...  >>MORE

UAE delivers more aid to Lebanon

Posted on 12/08/2006

Beirut - Two UAE planes carrying 30 tonnes of relief supplies landed yesterday at Rafik Hariri International Airport, as part of an air-bridge to the war-battered country. The relief materials were delivered to the concerned authorities for distribution to the Lebanese people displaced by the Israeli aggression. The relief operation is being launched upon the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and is being closely monitored by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

UAE’s firm support to Lebanon reiterated

Posted on 09/08/2006

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has reiterated UAE's firm stand by Lebanon. Receiving members of the Lebanese community in the UAE last night, Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE will continue its support for re-construction of Lebanon. "The UAE hopes to see Lebanon regain its stability and the Lebanese government controlling all the country's territories. The Lebanese people are capable of re-building their ...  >>MORE

Aid consignments arrive in Beirut

Posted on 09/08/2006

Beirut - Two military planes carrying 30 tonnes of relief supplies arrived yesterday in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, as part of an air-bridge to the war-battered country. The relief materials were received by the Higher Relief Commission (HRC) in Lebanon for distribution to the displaced people in Beirut and other areas. Also present at the airport were officials of the UAE embassy. Over 580 tonnes of relief materials were sent to Lebanon so far aboard 22 planes. The operation is part of an ...  >>MORE

Emirates Post special postmark stamp in support Lebanon

Posted on 09/08/2006

The Emirates Post has started from yesterday, stamping a special postmark inscription "For Your Sake Oh Lebanon!" on all mails posted from inside the UAE. The campaign, which is in solidarity with the Lebanese people in their current predicament, will last until August 14, 2006. All 84 Emirates Post outlets throughout the country are taking part in the campaign, which is being organised in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Family Affairs - Lebanon Aid Fund. The Emirates Post is ...  >>MORE

International community should respond positively to the demand for ceasefire: Abdullah bin Zayed

Posted on 08/08/2006

Beirut - UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday expressed his hope that the international community would regain its consciousness and respond positively to the just demand of Lebanon for immediate ceasefire. "I hope the international community will regain its consciousnesses and respond positively to the just demand of Lebanon.” said Sheikh Abdullah in remarks shortly at the end of the Arab foreign ministers meeting here on Monday. Sheikh Abdullah ...  >>MORE

Lebanon deserves better answer: Abdullah bin Zayed

Posted on 08/08/2006

Beirut - UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, has said the Arab Foreign Ministers have vowed to extend support to help Lebanon face the Israeli aggression. "The Arab Foreign Ministers have strongly backed the Lebanese Government's stance," said Sheikh Abdullah who presided over an Arab League Foreign Ministers' meeting in Beirut yesterday. Sheikh Abdullah said an Arab League delegation will fly to New York to mobilize support for Lebanon. "Arab countries do have strong ...  >>MORE

UN draft resolution on Lebanon far from balanced: UAE press

Posted on 08/08/2006

The draft UN resolution on Lebanon is far from balanced and Lebanon has the full right to reject the suspicious draft as it favours Israel, according to the UAE press yesterday. The papers branded the draft as 'ridiculous, unfair and aims at giving Israel more time to kill and wreak havoc'. The daily newspapers affirmed that the proposed plan does not even call for Israeli withdrawal from the few areas its soldiers entered since the start of the aggression more than 26 days ago and the ...  >>MORE

UAE firm donates Dh 200,000 to Lebanon

Posted on 08/08/2006

The Abu Dhabi-based National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) has donated Dh 200,000 in support of the UAE Red Crescent Society's humanitarian efforts in Lebanon. A cheque for the amount was handed over to the RCS by Mabkhout Al Minhali, NPCC's financial manager. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Almost 1,000 tonnes of UAE aid has reached Lebanon

Posted on 08/08/2006

Humanitarian aid sent from the UAE to Lebanon has so far reached almost 1,000 tonnes, according to local relief organisations. With aircraft transporting humanitarian items now able to reach Beirut, efforts are ongoing and more aid is flowing into Lebanon. However, problems remain in reaching the areas most in need. "A total of 18 planes have now been dispatched to Lebanon, carrying a total of 450 tonnes of humanitarian items including food and medical items," UAE Red Crescent Authority ...  >>MORE

Charity has open budget for Lebanon relief drive

Posted on 08/08/2006

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Humanitarian and Charity Foundation has announced that it has an open budget for its three-phase relief campaign in Lebanon. Ibrahim Bu Melha, Deputy Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, said the charity organisation had set aside more than Dh8 million for the first phase of the plan alone. He said the first phase of relief activity was in place, and the second was launched with the departure of the Foundation's team to Damascus yesterday to ...  >>MORE

'Bombing won't hit UAE support'

Posted on 08/08/2006

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 ...  >>MORE

Khalifa gets Lebanese PM's note

Posted on 07/08/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received yesterday a message from Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Al Siniora. The letter seeks UAE's support to the seven-point plan, adopted by the Lebanese government. In his message, Al Seniora paid tribute to the UAE for its supportive position to Lebanon while it is facing the Israeli aggression. The message was delivered by Lebanese Ambassador Hassan Berro to the Acting Foreign Ministry Under Secretary, Dr. Traiq Al Heidan during a meeting ...  >>MORE

UAE continues aid to Lebanon

Posted on 07/08/2006

Beirut - The United Arab Emirates continued to ferry relief materials to Lebanon through the air bridge ordered by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Some 500 tonnes of relief materials were transported so far aboard 19 flights to meet the urgent needs of thousands of displaced people. Dr Mohammed Jawad Khalifa, Lebanese Health Minister, lauded the efforts being made by the UAE to ease suffering of ...  >>MORE

RCS aid ship to set sail to Lebanon

Posted on 07/08/2006

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) announced yesterday that it would send a ship loaded with relief and medical supplies to Lebanon as part of its campaign to assist the Lebanese people affected by the ongoing Israeli aggression. 'The ship will sail off within the coming two days in implementation of instructions by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to dispatch urgent humanitarian assistance to Lebanon and ...  >>MORE

YAL-UAE launch relief Activity for Lebanon

Posted on 07/08/2006

Responding to the call of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Young Arab Leaders - UAE Chapter initiated a concerted charity drive for the cause of Lebanon. In cooperation with the UAE Lebanese Friendship Committee, YAL-UAE members gathered more than 130 tonnes of relief material, including food items, canned milk, blankets, tents ...  >>MORE

Two relief planes arrive in Beirut

Posted on 06/08/2006

Beirut - Two military planes carrying 30 tonnes of relief supplies arrived yesterday in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, as part of an air-bridge to the war-battered country. The relief materials were handed to the Higher Relief Commission (HRC) in Lebanon for distribution to the displaced people in Beirut and other areas. Present at the airport were officials of the UAE embassy, HRC and Lebanese Red Cross. The operation is part of an air bridge ordered by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al ...  >>MORE

UAE delivers more relief assistance to Lebanon

Posted on 05/08/2006

Beirut - Two UAE Air Force planes landed here yesterday as part of an air bridge to deliver relief assistance to the Lebanese people. The gesture was in line with the directives of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The two planes delivered 30 tons of relief items, including medicine and food items, to Caritas Lebanon, a non-governmental organisation, for distribution to various centres for persons displaced ...  >>MORE

UAE's RCS Lebanon operations receive rousing response

Posted on 05/08/2006

The humanitarian relief campaign launched and operated by the UAE Red Crescent Society is gaining momentum and wide rousing response from individuals, corporate bodies and agencies to support Lebanese victims of the ongoing military aggression on the small country. Saleh Mohammed Al Mulla, Acting Secretary General of UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) said the charity has developed ambitious plans to boost the effectiveness of the emergency Lebanon operations and attract more donors and ...  >>MORE

RCS's relief efforts intensified in Syria and Lebanon

Posted on 05/08/2006

The UAE Red Crescent Society "RCS" is intensifying its emergency relief campaign aimed at supporting Lebanese displaced populations at make shift camps in the Lebanon and neighbouring Syria. RCS office in Beirut is delivering relief materials to besieged populations in Lebanese cities and villages and overseeing make-shift shelters which were set up at schools and public buildings. In Syria, the RCS delegation delivered, for the second time, big quantities of drugs and medical supplies to ...  >>MORE

Princess Haya visits Lebanese refugees in Syria

Posted on 05/08/2006

Damascus - Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and World Food Programme (WFP) Goodwill Ambassador, yesterday joined James Morris, WFP Executive Director, on a one-day visit of Lebanese refugees in Syria. Together they called for increased assistance in alleviating the suffering on both sides of the border. "Politicians must stand together to put an end to this senseless ...  >>MORE

GAA donates Dh1 million to RCS

Posted on 05/08/2006

The General Authority for Awqaf, GAA) has donated an amount of Dh1 million to the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) in support of the latter's campaign to reach out to the Lebanese people in their present predicament. The RCS' Acting Secretary General, Mohammed Saleh Al Mulla, has received a cheque of the amount from the GAA Secretary General Mohammed bin Hamad Al Badi, who said in a statement that the donation was part of his outfit's policy of supporting humanitarian causes and boosting the ...  >>MORE

Women leaders hail UAE humanitarian stance

Posted on 05/08/2006

A number of women leaders in the UAE today hailed the stance of their country towards the unfolding humanitarian tragedy in Lebanon. Speaking to WAM on the current Israeli onslaught against Lebanon and the ensuing humanitarian crisis, the women leaders said the UAE position was nothing new as the country had always been the first to extend a helping hand to those in distress anywhere around the globe. "The UAE under the leadership of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his ...  >>MORE

Omair bin Yousef Group donates Dh1.5 million for Lebanon

Posted on 05/08/2006

The UAE Red Crescent Society has received on Wednesday a one and a half million cash donation form Omair bin Yousef & Sons Group. The generous donation is intended to support the UAE RCS' relief operations in Lebanon and to improve humanitarian conditions in the war-ravaged country. General Manager of the group Saeed bin Omair bin Yousef delivered the donation money to General Manager of RCS' Public Relations and Media Department Abdul Rehman Al Tunaiji. Al Tunaiji expressed RCS' appreciation ...  >>MORE

Sharjah launches fundraising campaign for Lebanon next Friday

Posted on 05/08/2006

Sharjah Television and Sharjah Space Channel are launching next Friday a humanitarian fundraising drive for Lebanon. Organized in collaboration with the Higher Council for Family Affairs and all subsidiary bodies, and in accordance with the directives of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the drive is aimed at raising donations for the immediate support and relief of Lebanese people who are ...  >>MORE

Children send postcards of peace to Kofi Annan

Posted on 05/08/2006

Children from across the UAE took their turn in voicing concerns for child-victims of the war in Lebanon to UN secretary general Kofi Annan yesterday. An official from the Watani programme, which organised the Letters for Peace campaign, said more than 1,600 children were expected to sign the postcards. Boys and girls from different backgrounds and ages were seen wearing flags and T-shirts expressing support for the children of Lebanon at Modesh City in Dubai. Participating children signed ...  >>MORE

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RCS' 2500-ton humanitarian relief ship leaves for Lebanon


Mohammed bin Rashid Charity Foundation dispatches 5th relief plane to Lebanon


Dubai teams to help clean up Lebanon spill


Joining forces to help the war-hit


UAE relief plane arrives in Beirut


Lebanese FM praises UAE de-mining initiative


Mariam Al Roumi visits injured Lebanese


Children's tears make UN tidal wave


RCS and Red Cross coordinate efforts in Lebanon


Sheikh Khalifa orders resumption of Lebanon mine-clearing operations


Focus shifts from evacuation to the delivery of aid supplies


DTCM launches fundraising drive for Lebanon


Ambulance vehicles sent to Lebanon


UAE RCS launches new relief efforts in Lebanon


UAE pledges more support to Lebanon


Emirati-Lebanese Friendship Association Leads Charity Drive for Lebanon


UAE delivers more aid to Lebanon


UAE’s firm support to Lebanon reiterated


Aid consignments arrive in Beirut


Emirates Post special postmark stamp in support Lebanon


International community should respond positively to the demand for ceasefire: Abdullah bin Zayed


Lebanon deserves better answer: Abdullah bin Zayed


UN draft resolution on Lebanon far from balanced: UAE press


UAE firm donates Dh 200,000 to Lebanon


Almost 1,000 tonnes of UAE aid has reached Lebanon


Charity has open budget for Lebanon relief drive


'Bombing won't hit UAE support'


Khalifa gets Lebanese PM's note


UAE continues aid to Lebanon


RCS aid ship to set sail to Lebanon


YAL-UAE launch relief Activity for Lebanon


Two relief planes arrive in Beirut


UAE delivers more relief assistance to Lebanon


UAE's RCS Lebanon operations receive rousing response


RCS's relief efforts intensified in Syria and Lebanon


Princess Haya visits Lebanese refugees in Syria


GAA donates Dh1 million to RCS


Women leaders hail UAE humanitarian stance


Omair bin Yousef Group donates Dh1.5 million for Lebanon


Sharjah launches fundraising campaign for Lebanon next Friday


Children send postcards of peace to Kofi Annan