Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Unique Tel Aviv flight for Etihad Airways

An Etihad Airways aircraft has made a unique first flight from the United Arab Emirates to Israel, today in order to deliver emergency coronavirus supplies to Palestine. According to the airline,  this is the first known flight between the two nations.

“Etihad Airways operated a dedicated humanitarian cargo flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv on 19 May to provide medical supplies to the Palestinians,” a spokesperson for the airline said on Tuesday, confirming that no passengers were on board the flight.

The United Nations coordinated a 14-tonne shipment of “urgent medical supplies” to help curb the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in the Palestinian territories, “The aid includes personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical equipment. Most notably, it includes 10 ventilators that are acutely needed,” the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process UNSCO said in a statement.

It is unclear when the aid will be allowed to pass through Israel to get to the Palestinian territories, or where exactly it will go.   

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