For the fifth consecutive day, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been actively engaged in sending humanitarian and relief aid, along with search and rescue teams, to Libya to mitigate the aftermath of Storm Daniel. This humanitarian mission aligns with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Since the commencement of this airbridge operation on September 12th, the UAE has dispatched 17 aircraft, transporting a total of 450 tonnes of essential supplies, including food, shelter materials, health packages, and first aid kits. These provisions have been strategically distributed to the areas most severely impacted by the disaster, particularly in eastern Libya.
The UAE’s humanitarian efforts further extended to the deployment of search and rescue teams equipped with state-of-the-art tools designed to facilitate complex rescue operations. A total of 96 dedicated personnel have been assigned to conduct missions in the disaster-stricken regions. These teams are supported by four search and rescue helicopters, specially equipped rescue vehicles, recovery vessels for retrieving bodies and locating survivors, sonar devices for underwater and thermal searches, a mobile power station, and generators, all transported from the UAE via the airbridge.
In addition, a medical team with ambulances was also dispatched to provide essential healthcare services in the affected areas.
The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) team, currently stationed in eastern Libya, is actively delivering aid to those in need, assessing on-ground conditions, and conducting assessments to determine ongoing requirements. Their findings will inform subsequent aid deliveries through the continuous airbridge operation.
The UAE’s airbridge initiative reflects the country’s unwavering commitment to support Libya during this critical time and underscores its humanitarian vision to alleviate the dire circumstances facing the Libyan people due to the impact of Storm Daniel.