Sheikh Mohamed directed the aid towards helping the Palestinian victims affected by the war…

H.H Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE has directed the provision of US$20 million (Dhs73.5 million) in humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people after Israel declared war on Monday, October 9.

As reported by state news agency wam, the aid will be sent through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

Currently, more than 1,800 lives have been claimed by the Israel-Gaza war with an estimated 263,000 people forced to flee their homes in the Gaza Strip, according to The National. Of the displaced, nearly 175,500 Palestinians have found shelter in 88 schools run by the UNRWA.

The UN humanitarian agency OCHA has warned that these numbers are expected to increase as a result of the ongoing air strikes on Gaza.

The humanitarian aid sent by the UAE leader comes “as part of the UAE’s policy to provide urgent relief and assistance to vulnerable populations and those in need around the world in times of crisis.”

Last month, Sheikh Mohamed directed the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) to send emergency aid to Morocco after a deadly earthquake struck parts of the country on Friday September 8. Large quantities of essential supplies such as tents, blankets, medical supplies, hygiene kits and food were sent from the UAE to Morocco as part of the ERC’s aid support.

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