Following UAE President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s directives to provide medical treatment for 1,000 injured children and 1,000 cancer patients from the Gaza Strip, the ninth group of individuals arrived in the capital Abu Dhabi on January 31.
In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, Dr Maha Barakat, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Medical and Life Sciences, said 49 Palestinians had been evacuated, in addition to their companions, under the supervision of a specialised medical team.
UAE’s focus on offering steadfast support to Gazans
Dr Barakat, who had accompanied the evacuation plane from Al Arish in Egypt, highlighted the Emirates’ commitment to supporting Gazans and alleviating their suffering, following the major deterioration in the health sector’s ability to provide minimum necessary healthcare.
Before the ninth group’s arrival, UAE’s hospitals had received 426 patients. Meanwhile, the total number of cases received at the Emirati field hospital in Gaza has reached 2,644, underscoring the Gulf state’s focus on providing steadfast support to those in need.
On November 5, President Sheikh Mohamed ordered the Joint Operations Command of the Ministry of Defence to initiate “Gallant Knight 3”, a humanitarian operation to address ongoing sufferings of Palestinians in the besieged enclave.
He instructed the Joint Operations Command to collaborate with the Emirates Red Crescent, the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, the Zayed Charitable Humanitarian Foundation, and other institutions in the Emirates to provide support to those impacted by the conflict.
Beneficiaries expressing gratitude to UAE government
Since the launch of the operation, the UAE has already dispatched 15,000 tonnes of ongoing food assistance. In addition, it has also established desalination plants carrying a total capacity of 1.2 million gallons per day, benefiting more than 600,000 people in Gaza.
The beneficiaries have expressed their gratitude to the UAE government and leadership for the continued humanitarian and medical support. Overall, since the onset of the Israel-Hamas conflict on October 7, the UAE has been offering steadfast humanitarian assistance.
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