UAE Water Aid to send drinking water to Gaza

Palestinian children collect water from a truck in Gaza City. (Reuters)

The United Arab Emirates will send 10 tanks of drinking water to the Gaza Strip where there is an acute shortage of water and amid extreme living conditions due the Israeli aggression, the UAE’s Gulf News reported on Monday.

The water tanks are set to be delivered to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) through the Jordanian border.

The move comes after Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, instructed the UAE’s Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) to prioritize Gaza, the Emirates 24/7 newspaper reported.

“Provision of clean drinking water is not a luxury, rather it is a duty and if delivery of water in time of peace is taken for granted it is necessary and imperative for those besieged under shelling,” Dubai’s ruler said.

“We have instructed the Water Aid Foundation to act immediately to deliver ample quantities of the vital resource to the people of Gaza,” he added, according to Emirates 24/7.

The UAE Water Aid campaign was launched during the month of Ramadan in July and aimed to provide drinking water to five million people during the holy fasting month.

It raised AED180 million ($49 million), exceeding its initial goal, local media reported. The funds collected benefitted seven million people.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43