Special airlift from Dubai delivers aid to 100,000 in Gaza

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A special airlift in support of displaced families in Gaza began on Sunday from Dubai, where a cargo took off carrying humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations agency assisting Palestinians (UNRWA).

The number of displaced coming to UNRWA in Gaza may soon be as high as 100,000 due to ongoing fighting between Israel and Palestine.

In response to this, international aid agencies mobilized relief efforts, coordinated by the International Humanitarian City (IHC) based in the UAE.

Participating agencies included the UN's refugee agency, the World Food Programme and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The airlift, which landed at Marka International Airport in Amman early on Monday, reportedly contained 115 metric tons of aid, including 45,000 mattresses, 10,000 blankets and 220 hygiene kits.

Pierre Krahenbul, UNRWA's Commissioner General, said that in the coming days more airlifts are scheduled to arrive in Amman, from where UNRWA will truck the aid into Gaza for distribution.

Meanwhile, on Sunday the Secretary-General of the United Nations was in Doha Qatar, calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Ban Ki-moon said he will be visiting the countries in the region including Egypt, Ramallah and Israel, and will go wherever he needs to be.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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