In a poignant initiative directed by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, the first plane carrying 15 individuals, including children and their families, touched down at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The mission, departing from El Arish International Airport in Egypt, aims to provide vital medical treatment for 1,000 children from the Gaza Strip in the UAE’s hospitals.
The passengers on this initial flight include children facing urgent medical needs, ranging from severe injuries and burns to young cancer patients requiring extensive treatment.
Maha Barakat, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Health, assured that the medical and healthcare staff, along with the UAE’s hospitals, stand ready to offer comprehensive care and specialized services.
The objective is to adhere to international standards, ensuring the full recovery of these young patients before their safe return.
Barakat emphasized the swift response of the UAE to the crisis, noting immediate humanitarian aid and supplies provided to the Gaza Strip.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s directive earmarked a USD 20 million humanitarian aid package, complemented by the establishment of an integrated field hospital within the Gaza Strip as part of the “Gallant Knight 3” operation.
The UAE’s commitment to aiding Gaza extends beyond this recent initiative. With 51 planes dispatched, carrying 1,400 tonnes of food, medical, and relief supplies, the nation collaborates with international organizations such as the UN World Food Programme.
These efforts underscore the UAE’s enduring dedication to providing relief to the Palestinian people, alleviating the severe humanitarian conditions, particularly for vulnerable groups, notably the nearly 1 million children in the Gaza Strip.
These compassionate initiatives reflect the UAE’s unwavering solidarity with the brotherly Palestinian people, embodying a historical commitment to making a meaningful impact in the face of adversity.
The airlift mission signifies not only hope and healing for Gaza’s children but also a testament to the UAE’s compassion-driven approach to humanitarian crises.