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First-Ever Direct Flight from Abu Dhabi Lands in Israel

An Etihad Airlines flight, direct from Abu Dhabi, landed in Israel for the first time on Tuesday night, the Foreign Ministry confirmed.

A cargo flight for the United Arab Emirates flag carrier, it headed to Israel with humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Among the aid provided was 14 tons of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment and 10 ventilators.

This aid is in line with the United Nations COVID-19 Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory, and the plan supports the efforts led by the Government of Palestine to contain the pandemic and mitigate its impact.

Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, thanked the government and people of the UAE for their continued support to the Palestinian people.

"Global solidarity is in the interest of everyone. Today we are facing the most challenging crisis since the Second World War. We can get through it only by working together." (J. Post/VFI News)

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