In the third instalment of the UAE’s efforts to aid Lebanon, two Emirates SkyCargo aircraft carriers left Dubai International Airport with the supplies that included approximately 12 tonnes of medical supplies from the World Health Organisation and 18 Mt of hygiene kits from the International Federation of Red Cross.
International Humanitarian City’s CEO Giuseppe Saba expanded, “We will continue to support the relief efforts of our humanitarian community in order to ensure proper assistance to the Lebanese population affected by the recent blast and COVID-19 exposure.”
He detailed the relationship: “These flights also represent a combination of the efforts of IHC and Emirates SkyCargo, which is facilitating this transport, and reflect Dubai’s keenness to support relief efforts for our brothers and sisters in need.”
Robert Blanchard, from the WHO’s logistics hub in Dubai, explained what was contained in the supplies: “Responding to the blast in Beirut that claimed at least 178 lives and left over 6,000 injured, the World Health Organization is sending additional medical supplies to support the treatment of injured and the protection of health care workers. The 11.5 tons of medical supplies, which went in the first flight, include trauma and surgical supply kits donated by the Russian Government as well as 576,000 surgical masks and hand sanitisers to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19.”
Head of IFRC’s Global Fleet and Logistics Hub in Dubai, Ilir Caushaj, estimated, “The hygiene parcels will provide essential assistance and support to some 2,000 families affected by the Beirut port explosions.”
Blanchard leaves us with a heartfelt message of devotion to the cause: “WHO is committed to supporting the people of Beirut and the international community in responding to and recovering from the devastating impact of the blast.”
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