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Dubai Extends Critical Aid to Storm-Ravaged Libya

In a display of unwavering humanitarian commitment, Dubai has dispatched over 90 metric tonnes of essential aid to assist those impacted by the recent devastation caused by Storm Daniel in Libya.

The relief consignment, which includes crucial shelter materials, kitchen sets, blankets, jerry cans, and other vital supplies, has been provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This third airlift mission, executed with the aid of a Boeing 747 aircraft, departed from Dubai World Central Airport early Friday morning, en route to Benghazi, Libya.

Giuseppe Saba, CEO of Dubai’s International Humanitarian City (IHC), emphasized, “Aligned with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, (we) remain steadfast in (our) mission to support those in need and advance the collaborative endeavors of international humanitarian responders in swiftly and efficiently preserving lives.”

Khaled Khalifa, senior advisor and UNHCR’s representative to the GCC countries, expressed gratitude for the vital partnership with IHC, emphasizing the pivotal role played by Dubai in bolstering the emergency response efforts in Libya. He noted, “The generous contribution of IHC through covering the transportation costs helps bolster our efforts in distributing relief items to the worst-affected areas in the east of the country.”

Last month, Sheikh Mohammed initiated the activation of the relief airbridge to facilitate the dispatch of aid shipments to individuals grappling with the aftermath of the catastrophic floods in eastern Libya.

Ilir Caushaj, IFRC Head of Global Logistics Hub Dubai, underscored, “We are continuing the airbridge operation in airlifting humanitarian aid to Libya. We participated in facilitating the arrival of the aircraft to Benghazi airport, which carried IFRC’s third air shipment from the Dubai hub of household kits, blankets, kitchen sets, and water sanitation kits, for an additional 12,500 most-in-need people who have lost their families and homes in the affected areas.”

Dubai’s prompt and substantial response stands as a testament to the city’s enduring dedication to global humanitarian relief efforts, providing critical assistance to those grappling with the aftermath of natural disasters.

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