• Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

Several tons of emergency medical supplies, earmarked to help the Palestinians deal with the Corona pandemic, remain at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, a week after the emergency arrived from the United Arab Emirates.

The reason for this is that the Palestinian Authority does not want to accept aid from the Emirates because they sent it via Israel. The Palestinian Authority says it does not want to be “a tool for normalization of relations between Israel and the Emirates”. They also responded that emergency aid was coordinated between the UN, the Emirates and Israel without their own involvement, writes Times of Israel.

Now the UN, which has been helping to coordinate aid, is assessing what it will do with the aid that has been at the airport in Israel since 19 May. The aid consists of 14 tons of protective equipment, medical equipment and respirators.

UN special envoy to the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, says he will work to get the Palestinians to accept aid. Otherwise, emergency aid may eventually be sent to other countries that are a little more receptive.

The UN Special Envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, is trying to persuade the Palestinians to accept emergency aid. (Photo: EPP / Flickr)

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