Dubai sends aid to Ethiopian refugees; UN lauds UAE’s support

The UN refugee Agency commended Dubai for opening an emergency air bridge to help tens of thousands of refugees fleeing fighting in Ethiopia.

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Under the directives of Sheikh Mohammed a second aircraft left Dubai on Thursday for neighbouring Sudan with 95 tonnes of relief and shelter aid onboard.

This aims to assist the escalating humanitarian situation affecting the lives of about 40,000 Ethiopian refugees, who are streaming into eastern Sudan.

“The medical supplies, valued at over $300,000, will cover an estimated 200,000 patients. The rapid deployment of these life-saving medicines and medical supplies is vital to WHO’s ongoing health emergency response efforts, particularly as we simultaneously respond to the tremendous demands associated with a global pandemic.” said Robert Blanchard from the WHO’s logistics team in Dubai.