Damascus received second medical aid from UAE

Damascus receives from Abu Dhabi the second medical aid from UAE, sterilization materials and testing materials for the Coronavirus, in a humanitarian step that reflects the UAE’s humanitarian dimension in supporting the affected countries to confront the epidemic.

Syria receives the second medical aid from UAE

The UAE sends the second batch of medical aid to Syria

Damascus received second medical aid from UAE against the emerging coronavirus, and it arrived on Monday via the airport from the United Arab Emirates, according to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, in a second step of the Emirati support for Syria since a phone call between the leaders of the two countries.

On its official Facebook page, the Syrian Crescent published a video documenting the process of receiving aid provided by the UAE Red Crescent. He thanked him “for his support in curbing the spread of COVID-19 disease.”

The second medical aid from UAE includes:

The aid included, according to what was reported by the official Syrian News Agency, “SANA“, “medicines, sterilization materials and testing materials for the Coronavirus.”

The UAE is the first Arab country to reopen its embassy in Damascus in 2018, after a seven-year diplomatic break between the two countries over the background of the conflict in Syria, in a step that reflects the humanitarian dimension of the Emirati authorities and raised them from political differences in times of crises and disasters.

This Humanitarian aid is the second medical aid from UAE to Syrian people since Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan called the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad last March.

Bin Zayed said in a tweet at the time, “I discussed by phone with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the implications of the spread of the Coronavirus, and I assured him of the UAE’s support and assistance to the brotherly Syrian people in these exceptional circumstances.”

Syrian coronavirus statistical updates

The Syrian government has recorded 2,703 new cases of the new coronavirus in its areas of control, including 109 deaths. But doctors and residents say the infection rate is much higher.

Nine years of war drained the health system across Syria, with hospitals destroyed and a shortage of medical staff. The outbreak of the epidemic exacerbated the situation.

Warning from the United Nations World Food Program

The United Nations World Food Program warned Monday that about 2.2 million Syrians may join the list of food-insecure citizens in the war-torn country.

A total of 9.3 million people suffer mainly from food insecurity in Syria, according to the program, which warned in a tweet that “without urgent assistance, an additional 2.2 million people may slide towards hunger and poverty.”

Syria economic crisis

The program was afraid of setting a new “record” in light of the severe economic crisis in the country, which caused a significant increase in food prices, with the lira recording a record low against the dollar.

7.9 million Syrians were suffering from food insecurity at the end of the year 2019, according to the program, which at the end of April estimated that food prices increased by 107 percent within one year due to the repercussions of the economic crisis in neighbouring Lebanon and the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, which worsened the economic situation.

Most Syrians live below the poverty line due to successive economic crises, in a country that has been witnessing a bloody conflict for more than nine years.

Source: WAM
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