UAE sends emergency food and medical aid to Afghanistan

UAE hosted up to 8,500 Afghans at Emirates Humanitarian City in Abu Dhabi last week

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The UAE has sent an aircraft carrying emergency food and medical aid to Afghanistan.

The aid was sent on Friday to assist thousands of Afghan families, especially the most vulnerable, such as women, children and the elderly.

Last week, the UAE hosted up to 8,500 Afghans at Emirates Humanitarian City in Abu Dhabi, where high-quality housing, sanitation, food and healthcare were being provided by teams from multiple UAE entities.

The evacuees were hosted in the UAE capital temporarily and were due to travel to other countries, chiefly the United States.

Upon arrival, American officials will arrange for them to settle in various parts of the country, in collaboration with a number of US government agencies, NGOs and community associations.

The UAE has become a crucial logistical hub for global evacuation efforts in Afghanistan over the past few weeks and has also helped with the evacuation of about 39,827 Afghans and foreign citizens since the crisis erupted in early August.

Britain's ambassador to the UAE thanked the Emirates for supporting international withdrawal efforts in Afghanistan. More than 15,000 people flown by Britain from Afghanistan had landed at the UAE airport in recent few weeks before travelling safely to the UK.

Updated: September 03, 2021, 11:30 AM