PM orders more aid airlift to Gaza
With nearly 260,000 Gazan civilians in more than 90 United Nations-run shelters, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and PRIME MINISTER of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the resumption of flights to help the UNWRA, World Food Programme, WHO and other aid agencies struggling to help the victims of the Israeli assault on Gaza.
Over 1,850 Gazans have been killed and over 9,000 wounded so far, with nine UN staff among those killed. Seventeen flights, a combination of Boeing 747s and C130s, have already been dispatched from Dubai for transporting food, blankets, KITCHEN SETS, and medicine and HYGIENE KITS.
As Dubai’s INTERNATIONAL Humanitarian City (IHC) restocks its supplies, a Boeing 747 has been sent from Dubai to Brindisi, Italy, which is the site of the UN’s second largest humanitarian depot (after Dubai), to collect 30,000 blankets and deliver them to Amman, Jordan, for its delivery to Gaza by truck.
With this 18th flight, the total operational cost has climbed to Dh23.3 million ($6.35 million). In addition, last week, the dispatch of 100,000 meals was ordered under the ‘Salma’ initiative.