Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, directed the sending of urgent humanitarian aid to those affected in the State of Libya.
Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Humanitarian City, confirmed that the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to operate the air bridge reflect the UAE’s constant approach to standing by brothers and friends in times of adversity and crises and its keenness to take the initiative to alleviate the suffering of those affected.
He said: “Our prayers accompany the people of Libya in light of these difficult times, as we renew our commitment in the International Humanitarian City in Dubai to immediately implement the directives of the wise leadership to provide urgent assistance to those affected, and we confirm our readiness with our partners to contribute to alleviating their suffering, and this urgent humanitarian operation is the third response from “The International Humanitarian City team accepted this year, in the wake of the urgent and unexpected crises in the Middle East and North Africa region.”
On Tuesday morning, the International Humanitarian City sent a second shipment to the Libyan city of Benghazi to transport about 100 tons of aid, including shelter materials in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, food supplies, and communications and technology equipment in cooperation with the World Food Programme, through the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot and the United Nations Humanitarian Response Team. Rapid ICT support and emergency.
For his part, Khaled Khalifa, Advisor to the High Commissioner and Representative of the UNHCR to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, praised the humanitarian role of the United Arab Emirates and its wise leadership, which is a model in providing the necessary support to facilitate the work of humanitarian and relief organizations, based on the global warehouses it hosts in Dubai, In responding to emergency situations in the region and the world.
He said that the humanitarian situation in the affected areas in Libya is catastrophic, as the hurricane and floods caused massive destruction and great loss of life, and thousands of people were displaced after their homes were destroyed and they lost their property and became in dire need of urgent assistance.
He added: “Thanks to the generous support provided by the International Humanitarian City, UNHCR will be able to continue providing support to existing relief efforts and delivering the necessary materials to the areas most affected by the floods in Libya.”
Immediately after the disaster occurred, the International Humanitarian City rushed to mobilize its resources through its Global Humanitarian Impact Fund to facilitate an air bridge to provide relief to the affected population after the country was engulfed by floods due to Hurricane Daniel, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives, while large numbers remain unaccounted for. the missing. Also, last Saturday, the city sent a plane loaded with more than 36 tons of relief aid in cooperation with the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
In this context, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Regional Director of the World Health Organization for the Eastern Mediterranean, said: “In light of the horror of this painful disaster, 29 tons of essential medicines and emergency medical tools are being transported to Libya from the World Health Organization’s logistics center in the International Humanitarian City in Dubai. As an expression of solidarity with the Libyan people in their great affliction, and thanks to the generous support from the wise leadership in Dubai and the International Humanitarian City, more than 250,000 people will benefit from these relief materials, and this response embodies our shared commitment to the World Health Organization’s regional vision “Health for All, By everyone.
The active role of the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, in quickly responding to contribute to alleviating the suffering of those affected by this disaster, confirms its position as the largest humanitarian center in the world, and its contribution comes within the framework of its continuing efforts to support and coordinate the work of a global network of humanitarian centers, and the International Humanitarian City attaches special importance. To prepare and respond quickly to global crises and increase collective impact to enable sustainable relief efforts.
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