Sheikha Fatima sends aid plane to Lebanon

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Aug 13, 2020

August 13, 2020


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Another aid plane has left the UAE for Lebanon as the UAE continues its support following the deadly blast in Beirut.

Sheikha Fatima, chairwoman of the General Women's Union and president of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, directed a plane carrying about 100 tons of medicines and nutritional supplies be dispatched to Lebanon.

Officials and female staff from the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) are also flying to Lebanon to study the situation and identify what needs to be done, especially for mothers and children.

The aid reflects Sheikha Fatima’s solidarity with the Lebanese people and it is being supervised by ERC.

It is the latest phase of the UAE's humanitarian effort for Lebanon after last week's deadly blast in Beirut that killed 171 people and injured 6,000.

The UAE has already announced it will sponsor orphans who have lost their parents in the explosion.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, the Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra and chairman of the ERC, instructed the organisation to sponsor orphans and take care of the families who have lost loved ones.

Several plane loads carrying vital supplies have also left the UAE for Beirut over the past few days, while the UAE Volunteers programme has appealed for people here in the UAE to help with the effort.

Lebanese entities in the UAE have also stepped in. Thousands of window panes will be shipped from the UAE this week to help repair homes and shops. The aid distribution is part of the Together for Beirut campaign spearheaded by the Lebanese Business Council in Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, people can donate to the ERC relief effort on the charity's website.

Updated: August 13, 2020 01:56 PM

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