Additional vital assistance from the ruler of Dubai coordinated by the International Humanitarian City to conflict-affected Palestinians in Gaza

19 August 2014
Additional Vital Assistance from the Ruler of Dubai Coordinated by the International Humanitarian City to Conflict-Affected Palestinians in Gaza


The last of a total of 24 aid airlifts from Dubai, generously funded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, landed today at Marka International Airport in Amman. The humanitarian airlift operation which started on 21 July transported vital in-kind assistance to conflict-affected Palestinians in Gaza, in coordination with the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO), and Tkiyet Um Ali. In total, 630 metric tons of assistance, containing blankets, sleeping mats, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, medical supplies and food, were received since July, with UNRWA coordinating transport and distribution in the Gaza Strip. The value of the goods donated is estimated to be a total of 7 million USD including the costs of airlifting the life-saving assistance ordered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

During a ceremony organized at Marka International Airport, attended by representatives of the Royal Hashemite Courts (RHC), JHCO and H.E. Shaima Al Zarooni, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, Ms. Margot Ellis, UNRWA Deputy-Commissioner General stated “We are extremely grateful to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and IHC for their tremendous support and generosity to the people of Gaza throughout the ongoing crisis. We also wish to thank His Majesty, the Army, the Royal Hashemite Courts, the JHCO and all the Jordanians involved who spared no effort to ensure efficient coordination and timely delivery of this much-needed life-saving assistance”. 

Background Information: 

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA programme budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s programme budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals. UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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