The UAE announced further aid would be dispatched to Lebanon to help emergency relief efforts in Beirut. The recent statement comes under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It follows His Highness Sheikh Mohammed's donation on Wednesday 5 August, immediately following the explosion, of 30 tonnes of medical equipment and aid, and furthers his admirable committment to the cause.
Dubai’s International Humanitarian City airlifted aid material worth USD1.4 million, which included almost 25 metric tonnes of medical supplies and personal protective equipment, positioned there by the World Health Organisation.
Robert Blanchard, from the WHO’s logistics hub in Dubai, explained, “Based on the needs identified by our medical staff in Lebanon, we are dispatching additional medical supplies that are critically needed to treat those impacted by the blast and simultaneously protect health care workers treating patients during the pandemic.”
Expressing his appreciation for the UAE government, Blanchard went on, “Responding to an emergency within an emergency, WHO is grateful for the support received from his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Government of the UAE, Dubai’s IHC and Emirates Sky Cargo to facilitate the rapid response to the people of Lebanon.”
Highlighting the deep urgency of the situation, CEO of the IHC, Giuseppe Saba, expanded, “The devastation caused by the deadly blasts in Beirut last week, which resulted in the death toll rising to at least 150 and the injured increasing to more than 5,000, requires continued urgent assistance from the humanitarian community. This second aid flight to Lebanon demonstrates the capacity of the International Humanitarian City’s community to respond to emergencies and help those most in need during such a challenging time.”
The UAE’s continued assistance, providing medicines and medical supplies, not only reflects the country’s consistent solidarity with the Lebanese people, but its hope for a better future for Beirut.