UN sends 115 tonnes of aid from Dubai for displaced Gaza families
A Palestinian man carrying UN-supplied aid. Up to 100,000 Palestinians have been displaced since the start of Israel's offensive in Gaza (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
Up to 100,000 Palestinians have been displaced in the relentless Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, the UN said yesterday.
While political efforts were afoot to reach a ceasefire amid the Israeli barrage from the land, sea and air on the strip, which is categorised as among the most densely populated areas in the world, several UN agencies have started sending aid to those in dire need, a UN statement added.
Israeli attacks on Tuesday would be the 15th day of Israel's offensive.
The UN said in a statement: “Under the direction of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, a special airlift in support of displaced families in Gaza began on Sunday from Dubai, where a 747 cargo took off carrying 115 metric tonnes of aid, containing 45,000 mattresses, 10,000 blankets and 220 hygiene kits. The plane landed at Marka International Airport in Amman early on Monday, 21 July.”
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