Dubai ruler orders more aid airlifts for Rohingya refugees

Sheikh Mohammed calls for three additional airlifts to send humanitarian aid this month
By Staff writer
Wed 06 Dec 2017 01:31 PM

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has ordered three additional airlifts to send humanitarian aid to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. 

The airlifts, to be carried out on B747 aircraft from Dubai's International Humanitarian City (IHC), will deliver supplies provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD). 

Flights are scheduled to leave on Wednesday, December 11 and 13 and will be loaded with urgently needed shelter supplies and other basic items for tens of thousands of refugees.

The cargo departing on Wednesday consists of 100 metric tonnes of kitchen sets and prefabricated warehouses.

In the two months since the creation of the humanitarian air bridge for Rohingya refugees by Sheikh Mohammed in late September 2017, 10 relief aircrafts have been dispatched from Dubai to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on behalf of members of the IHC community. 

They have delivered badly needed food and relief supplies. The last airlift, which took place on November 28, transported 101 metric tonnes of food, clothes, blankets and other core relief items provided by the Emirates Red Crescent.

With nearly 650,000 Rohingya refugees continuing to be in acute need of humanitarian assistance, Sheikh Mohammed and the board of directors of the International Humanitarian City have continued to keep the humanitarian air bridge open.

Founded in 2003, IHC is the largest international humanitarian hub in the world.

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