Emirates Red Crescent Convoy Arrives in Gaza

Food, wheelchairs and clothes among aid received by displaced Palestinians from UAE relief agency
ByLauren SteadmanSunday , 24 August 2014
Emirates Red Crescent Convoy Arrives in Gaza
Trucks filled with aid for Palestinians are dispatched to Gaza by Emirates Red Crescent

A relief aid convoy of 18 trucks carrying tens of thousands of food parcels, clothes and even wheelchairs has arrived in the Gaza Strip, all sent by Emirates Red Crescent (ERC).

Hygiene kits, blankets, baby milk formula and vitamins have also been received to help Palestinian Gazans displaced by recent violence, reported the UAE state news agency WAM.

ERC Secretary-General Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi said the convoy, is the sixth in a series of aid convoys sent to Gaza at the insistence of UAE leaders to help Palestinians as they face continued bombardment from Israel. The mission is being led by Humaid Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of ERC for International Aid, who noted that ERC’s latest aid will support Palestinian hospitals facing a shortage of wheelchairs as they attempt to treat some of the thousands of citizens injured during the current conflict.

ERC will deliver its latest batch of aid to its own warehouses in Gaza and to Palestine Red Crescent Society, Al Falahi added. The UAE delegates will also tour the ERC’s field hospital in the territory, which offers free medical treatment.

On Friday, ERC distributed 1,200 relief packages and 200 gallons of drinking water to Palestinian refugees. The UAE’s Red Crescent has already delivered tens of thousands of food parcels, clothes and blankets to people taking shelter at schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza.

Based in Abu Dhabi, ERC is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, a global humanitarian organisation providing assistance without discrimination with regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, social class or political opinions. To learn more, visit www.rcuae.ae or call 800RED (800733).

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