Emirates, International Humanitarian City launch airbridge for quake victims

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In the wake of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, Emirates Airline is setting up an airbridge with the International Humanitarian City (IHC) to transport urgent relief supplies, medical items and equipment.

The initiative will support on-ground aid efforts and search and rescue activities in both countries.

The first shipments are due to go out on Friday on EK 121 and EK 117, carrying thermal blankets and family tents from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), followed by World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Food Programme (WFP) relief cargo of medical kits and shelter items, co-ordinated by the IHC in Dubai.

In the coming days, more consignments of blankets, tents, shelter kits, flashlights, water distribution ramps and trauma and emergency health kits will be transported.

Emirates SkyCargo plans to dedicate cargo space for around 100 tonnes of humanitarian relief goods over the course of the next two weeks across its daily flight operations to Istanbul.

The critical emergency supplies will then be delivered by local organisations to affected areas in southern Turkey and northern Syria, supporting on-ground responders and providing much needed aid to the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by the earthquakes.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive, said, "We stand with the Turkish and Syrian people and are working with experts like the International Humanitarian City to help provide urgent relief to those affected and displaced by the earthquakes, as well as support the complex recovery efforts on the ground."

Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Supervision of IHC, said, "We are taking urgent action by facilitating airlifts of vital medical supplies, shelter items and other relief goods from the UNHCR, WHO and WFP to address the pressing demand for aid in the affected regions."

The freight division of Emirates has a long-standing partnership with the IHC, enabling the airline to nimbly and quickly lead on numerous relief missions, deploying humanitarian supplies to communities around the world impacted by natural disasters, medical emergencies, global outbreaks and other crises.


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